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"Reading" Greek Death

Author: Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 516
Release: 1996
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9780198150695
Rating: 4.8/5 (56 downloads)

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The author sheds new light on aspects of the beliefs, attitudes, and rituals surrounding death in ancient Greece from the Minoan and Mycenean period to the end of the classical age. She draws on different types of evidence - from literary texts to burial customs, inscriptions, and images inart - to explore the fragmentary and problematic evidence for the reconstruction of attitudes towards, and the beliefs and practices pertaining to death and the afterlife.The book is also a sophisticated critique of the methodologies appropriate for interpreting the evidence for ancient beliefs. Insights from athropology and other disciplines help to inform the reconstruction of these beliefs and to minimize the intrustion of culturally determined assumptions whichreflect modern thinking rather than ancient realities.

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Tragedy and Athenian Religion

Author: Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood
Publsiher: Lexington Books
Total Pages: 580
Release: 2003
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9780739104002
Rating: 4.9/5 (4 downloads)

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Presents an argument that identifies a relationship between religious exploration in ancient Greece and performance of Greek tragedies on stage.

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Aspects of Death and the Afterlife in Greek Literature

Author: George Alexander Gazis
Publsiher: Liverpool University Press
Total Pages: 210
Release: 2021-06-10
Genre: History
ISBN: 1789627354
Rating: 4.7/5 (54 downloads)

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The concept of the afterlife has always been prominent in both Greek literature and modern scholarship alike. The fate of man after his/her allotted time has come to an end has a central position in poetry, philosophy and religion, often leading to questions and answers as to how one can best live one’s life, and how can one deal with the burden of mortality that is inherent in every human being. The Greeks devoted a considerable amount of their literary production in an attempt to answer these questions through a variety of different media, whereas similar concerns appear to have been at the core of the ancient world in general. This volume represents the first to examine the influences, intersections, and developments of understandings of death and the afterlife between poetic, religious, and philosophical traditions in ancient Greece in one resource. Greek thinking on death and the afterlife was neither uniform, simple, nor static, and by offering an examination of these matters in a properly interdisciplinary context this collection of papers aims to demonstrate the full richness, complexity, and flexibility of these ideas in the ancient Greek world, and illuminate how freely writers from various genres drew inspiration from each other’s thinking concerning eschatological matters. Contributors: Alberto Benarbé; Rick Benitez; Nicolo Benzi; Chiara Blanco; Radcliffe Edmonds; George Alexander Gazis; Anthony Hooper; Vaios Liapis; Alex Long; Ioannis Ziogas.

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The Greek Way of Death

Author: Robert Garland
Publsiher: Cornell University Press
Total Pages: 228
Release: 2001
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9780801487460
Rating: 4.1/5 (874 downloads)

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"Death for the Greeks was not an instantaneous event, rather a process or passage which required strenuous efforts on the part of the living to ensure that the dead achieved full and final transfer to the next world. The central questions which this book attempts to answer are: the extent to which death was a preoccupying concern among the Greeks; the feelings with which the individual may have anticipated his death; the nature of the bonds between the living and the dead; and the light shed by burial practices upon characteristic elements of Greek society. While the beliefs of ordinary Greeks about their ordinary dead form the book's central focus, there is also a chapter on 'special dead' - the unburied, murderers and their victims, children, and suicides."--BOOK JACKET.

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Military Departures, Homecomings and Death in Classical Athens

Author: Owen Rees
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2022-01-13
Genre: History
ISBN: 1350188662
Rating: 4.8/5 (62 downloads)

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This volume sheds new light on the experience of ancient Greek warfare by identifying and examining three fundamental transitions undergone by the classical Athenian hoplite as a result of his military service: his departure to war, his homecoming from war having survived, and his homecoming from war having died. As a conscript, a man regularly called upon by his city-state to serve in the battle lines and perform his citizen duty, the most common military experience of the hoplite was one of transition – he was departing to or returning from war on a regular basis, especially during extended periods of conflict. Scholarship has focused primarily on the experience of the hoplite after his return, with a special emphasis on his susceptibility to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but the moments of transition themselves have yet to be explored in detail. Taking each in turn, Owen Rees examines the transitions from two sides: from within the domestic environment as a member of an oikos, and from within the military environment as a member of the army. This analysis presents a new template for each and effectively maps the experience of the hoplite as he moves between his domestic and military duties. This allows us to reconstruct the effects of war more fully and to identify moments with the potential for a traumatic impact on the individual.

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Death, Desire, and Loss in Western Culture

Author: Jonathan Dollimore
Publsiher: Psychology Press
Total Pages: 424
Release: 1998
Genre: Family & Relationships
ISBN: 9780415921749
Rating: 4.5/5 (217 downloads)

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First Published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Ancient Greek Religion

Author: Emily Kearns
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 386
Release: 2009-10-19
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 1405149280
Rating: 4.9/5 (8 downloads)

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Ancient Greek Religion: Historical Sources in Translation presents a wide range of documents relating to the religious world of the ancient Greeks from the earliest surviving literature to around the end of the fourth century BCE. Presents a wide range of documents relating to the religious world of the ancient Greeks, from the earliest surviving literature to around the end of the fourth century BCE Provides extensive background information for readers with no previous knowledge of classical studies Brings together new and rare passages for comparison – with occasional new interpretations – to appeal to professionals Offers a variety of less frequently examined material and looks at familiar texts in new ways Includes the use of extensive cross-referencing to indicate the interconnectedness of different aspects of religious practice and thought Includes the most comprehensive commentary and updated passages available in a single volume

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Birth, Death, and Motherhood in Classical Greece

Author: Nancy Demand
Publsiher: JHU Press
Total Pages: 326
Release: 1994-07
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780801847622
Rating: 4.1/5 (476 downloads)

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Why did Greek society foster social conditions, especially early marriage with its attendant early childbearing, that were known to be dangerous for both mother and child? What were the actual causes of death among women described as dying of childbirth in the Hippocratic Epidemics? Why did families choose to portray labor scenes on tombstones when the Greek commemorative tradition otherwise avoided reference to suffering and illness? In Birth, Death, and Motherhood in Classical Greece, Nancy Demand offers the first comprehensive exploration of the social and cultural construction of childbirth in ancient Greece. Reading the ancient evidence in light of feminist theory, the Foucauldian notion of discursively constituted objects, medical anthropology, and anthropological studies of the modern Greek village, Demand discusses topics that include midwifery, abortion, attitudes of doctors toward women patients, and the treatment of women generally. For evidence, she relies primarily on the case histories in the Epidemics concerning women with complications in pregnancy, abortion, and childbirth. She also draws relevant details from cure records and dedications from healing sanctuaries, labor scenes depicted on tombstones, Aristophanic comedy, andPlatonic philosophy.

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The Female Portrait Statue in the Greek World

Author: Sheila Dillon
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 271
Release: 2010-02-15
Genre: Art
ISBN: 0521764505
Rating: 4.4/5 (5 downloads)

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The first detailed analysis of the female portrait statue in the Greek world from the fourth century BCE to the third century CE.

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Death and the Afterlife in the New Testament

Author: Jaime Clark-Soles
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2006-11-15
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 0567533387
Rating: 4.3/5 (87 downloads)

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Clark-Soles began this project in order to answer the question, "What exactly does the New Testament say about death and afterlife?" It turns out that it says both more and less than one might hope or expect. By more, she means that every time the subject of death and what happens after death arises, it is clear that the authors' interests far exceed answering that single question. Their comments emerge from the concerns and experiences of living Christian communities, they relate to a larger theological and pastoral agenda, and their primary focus remains life on earth and the proper living of it. The texts say less than one may hope because no author sets out to answer my question directly. There is no systematic theology in the New Testament regarding death and aftelife. Certainly resurrection appears throughout, though differently emphasized and interpreted. Beyond that, the fascinating aspects of the question are in the details of the texts. Therefore, the appropriate question, as it turns out, is not: What does the New Testament say about death and afterlife, but what do various New Testament texts say about it? Others have sought to unify the New Testament witness, glossing over the individual pictures presented by the New Testament authors. Clark-Soles revels in the snapshots of the individuals and am less interested in the family photo. Clark-Soles inquires into the specific language that each author uses regarding death and afterlife. She explores anthropology, cosmology, eschatology, and, where relevant, theology and Christology. Finally, Clark-Soles suggests ways that the stated views function in each situation.

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The Sacrificial Rituals of Greek Hero-Cults in the Archaic to the Early Hellenistic Period

Author: Gunnel Ekroth
Publsiher: Presses universitaires de Liège
Total Pages: 434
Release: 2013-05-15
Genre: History
ISBN: 2821829000
Rating: 4.9/5 ( downloads)

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This study questions the traditional view of sacrifices in hero-cults during the Archaic to the early Hellenistic periods. The analysis of the epigraphical and literary evidence for sacrifices to heroes in these periods shows, contrary to the traditional notion, that the main ritual in hero-cults was a thysia at which the worshippers consumed the meat from the animal victim. A particular handling of the animal’s blood or a holocaust, rituals previously taken to be typical for heroes, can rarely be documented and must be considered as marginal features in hero-cults. The terms eschara, escharon, bothros, enagizein, enagisma, enagismos and enagisterion, believed to be characteristic for hero-cults, are seldom used in hero-contexts before the Roman period and occur mainly in the Byzantine lexicographers and in the scholia. Since the main kind of sacrifice in hero-cults was a thysia, a ritual intimately connected with the social structure of society, the heroes must have fulfilled the same role as the gods within the Greek religious system. The fact that the heroes were dead seems to have been of little significance for the sacrificial rituals and it is questionable whether the rituals of hero-cults are to be considered as originating in the cult of the dead.

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Greek Epigram from the Hellenistic to the Early Byzantine Era

Author: Maria Kanellou
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2019-04-25
Genre: Poetry
ISBN: 0192573780
Rating: 4.3/5 (8 downloads)

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Greek epigram is a remarkable poetic form. The briefest of all ancient Greek genres, it is also the most resilient: for almost a thousand years it attracted some of the finest Greek poetic talents as well as exerting a profound interest on Latin literature, and it continues to inspire and influence modern translations and imitations. After a long period of neglect, research on epigram has surged during recent decades, and this volume draws on the fruits of that renewed scholarly engagement. It is concerned not with the work of individual authors or anthologies, but with the evolution of particular subgenres over time, and provides a selection of in-depth treatments of key aspects of Greek literary epigram of the Hellenistic, Roman, and early Byzantine periods. Individual chapters offer insights into a variety of topics, from explorations of the dynamic interactions between poets and their predecessors and contemporaries, and of the relationship between epigram and its socio-political, cultural, and literary background from the third century BCE up until the sixth century CE, to its interaction with its origins, inscribed epigram more generally, other literary genres, the visual arts, and Latin poetry, as well as the process of editing and compilation which generated the collections which survived into the modern world. Through the medium of individual studies the volume as a whole seeks to offer a sense of this vibrant and dynamic poetic form and its world which will be of value to scholars and students of Greek epigram and classical literature more broadly.

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Early Greek Ethics

Author: David Conan Wolfsdorf
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 828
Release: 2020-05-22
Genre: Philosophy
ISBN: 0198758677
Rating: 4.8/5 (77 downloads)

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Early Greek Ethics is the first volume devoted to philosophical ethics in its "formative" period. It explores contributions from the Presocratics, figures of the early Pythagorean tradition, sophists, and anonymous texts, as well as topics influential to ethical philosophical thought such as Greek medicine, music, friendship, and justice.

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Reading Death in Ancient Rome

Author: Mario Erasmo
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 257
Release: 2008
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN:
Rating: 4./5 ( downloads)

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In Reading Death in Ancient Rome, Mario Erasmo considers both actual funerary rituals and their literary depictions in epic, elegy, epitaphs, drama, and prose works as a form of participatory theater in which the performers and the depicters of rituals engage in strategies to involve the viewer/reader in the ritual process, specifically by invoking and playing on their cultural associations at a number of levels simultaneously. He focuses on the associative reading process—the extent to which literary texts allude to funeral and burial ritual, the narrative role played by the allusion to recreate a fictive version of the ritual, and how the allusion engages readers' knowledge of the ritual or previous literary intertexts. Such a strategy can advance a range of authorial agendas by inviting readers to read and reread assumptions about both the surrounding Roman culture and earlier literature invoked through intertextual referencing. By (re)defining their relation to the dead, readers assume various roles in an ongoing communion with the departed. Reading Death in Ancient Rome makes an important and innovative contribution to semiotic theory as applied to classical texts and to the emerging field of mortality studies. It should thus appeal to classicists as well as to advanced undergraduate and graduate students in art history and archeology.

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Oracles, Curses, and Risk Among the Ancient Greeks

Author: Esther Eidinow
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 533
Release: 2007-10-04
Genre: History
ISBN: 0199277788
Rating: 4.7/5 (88 downloads)

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A study of the question tablets from the oracle at Dodona and binding-curse tablets from across the ancient Greek world, These tablets reveal the hopes and anxieties of ordinary people, and help us to understand some of the ways in which they managed risk and uncertainty in their daily lives.

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Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2005-2008

Author: Lawrence Goldman
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 1253
Release: 2013-03-07
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 0199671540
Rating: 4.1/5 (4 downloads)

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This book, drawn from the award-winning online Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, tells the story of our recent past through the lives of those who shaped national life.

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Household and Family Religion in Antiquity

Author: John Bodel
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 344
Release: 2012-02-15
Genre: History
ISBN: 1118293525
Rating: 4.3/5 (25 downloads)

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The first book to explore the religious dimensions of the familyand the household in ancient Mediterranean and West Asianantiquity. Advances our understanding of household and familial religion,as opposed to state-sponsored or civic temple cults Reconstructs domestic and family religious practices in Egypt,Greece, Rome, Israel, Mesopotamia, Ugarit, Emar, and Philistia Explores many household rituals, such as providing forancestral spirits, and petitioning of a household's patron deitiesor of spirits associated with the house itself Examines lifecycle rituals – from pregnancy and birth tomaturity, old age, death, and beyond Looks at religious practices relating to the household bothwithin the home itself and other spaces, such as at extramuraltombs and local sanctuaries