Aspects of Death in Early Greek Art and Poetry

Aspects of Death in Early Greek Art and Poetry

By (author) Emily Vermeule

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The ancient Greeks devoted a significant portion of their artistic energy to exploring themes of death. This book examines the facts and fictions of Greek death, including burial and mourning, visions of the underworld, souls and ghosts, the value of heroic death in battle, the quest for immortality, the linked powers of death, sleep and love and more.

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  • Paperback | 285 pages
  • 172 x 253.5 x 17.5mm | 544.32g
  • 01 Dec 1995
  • University of California Press
  • Berkerley
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 168 b&w photographs
  • 0520044045
  • 9780520044043

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Emily Vermeule, Samuel E. Zemurray, Jr. and Doris Zemurray Stone-Radcliffe Professor Emerita at Harvard University, is the author of numerous books, including "Mycenaean Pictorial Vase-Painting" and "Toumba Tou Skourou."

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"Like all born teachers, [Vermeule] has the ability to convince you that her subject relates to your own life and culture. . . . A fabulous learning experience, the essays are both lively and totally accessible."--"Boston Globe

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