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    DescriptionIn this fresh consideration of the origins of the ancient Greeks' ideas and practices concerning their own past, Carla M. Antonaccio demonstrates that hero cult and ancestor cult persisted, throughout the Iron Age, long before epic poetry's heroic narratives were widely disseminated. Although it was not until the dissolution of Iron Age societies that epic poetry and organized hero cult developed to aid claims to legitimacy, practices such as visiting tombs to make offerings were common, and contradict the usual picture of Iron Age religious conservatism.

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    An Archaeology of Ancestors
    Tomb Cult and Hero Cult in Early Greece
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Carla Maria Antonaccio
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 458 g
    ISBN 13: 9780847679423
    ISBN 10: 084767942X

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
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    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    DC20: 938
    BIC subject category V2: HDDK
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Subject Code: RL
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25420
    BISAC V2.8: REL072000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
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    DC22: 292.213
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    DC22: 292.2/13
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    BISAC V2.8: REF013000
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    LC classification: BL815.H47 A58 1995
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    LC classification: BL815.H47A
    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHC, NKD
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAG, 1QBA
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, maps, plans
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    Publication date
    01 January 1995
    Publication City/Country
    Lanham, MD
    Author Information
    Carla M. Antonaccio is assistant professor of classics at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.
    Review quote
    The book is a mine of documentation, presented with skill and knowledge; an extensive bibliography and a brief index complete this facinating volume. Journal Of Indoeuropean Studies This is a scholarly work which must be read by anyone teaching Greek religion, Greek civilization, or Homer, and would also be enjoyed by the well-iformed lay reader. Religious Studies Review There is much of value in the present work, especially her discussions of individual sites. Since Antonaccio is consistently critical and properly cautious in her analysis of her accumulative evidence, her eventual sythesis will be sound. -- Ian Begg, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada Based on careful examination of archaeological data, this study of ancient practices is motivated by a desire to understand and explain the social values and interests that produced the burial practices. Libraries will want this book, and so will all interested in Greek archaeology. CHOICE
    Table of contents
    Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 A Regional Survey of Tomb Cults Chapter 3 EPic and Mythical Heroes' Cults Chapter 4 The Cult of the Dead Chapter 5 An Archaeology of Ancestors Chapter 6 Bibliography Chapter 7 Index