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    Death-Ritual and Social Structure in Classical Antiquity (Key Themes in Ancient History) (Paperback) By (author) Ian Morris, Series edited by P.A. Cartledge, Series edited by Peter Garnsey

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    DescriptionIn this innovative book Dr Morris seeks to show the many ways in which the excavated remains of burials can and should be a major source of evidence for social historians of the ancient Graeco-Roman world. Burials have a far wider geographical and social range than the surviving literary texts, which were mainly written for a small elite. They provide us with unique insights into how Greeks and Romans constituted and interpreted their own communities. In particular, burials enable the historian to study social change. Ian Morris illustrates the great potential of the material in these respects with examples drawn from societies as diverse in time, space and political context as archaic Rhodes, classical Athens, early imperial Rome and the last days of the western Roman empire.

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    Death-Ritual and Social Structure in Classical Antiquity
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ian Morris, Series edited by P.A. Cartledge, Series edited by Peter Garnsey
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 430 g
    ISBN 13: 9780521376112
    ISBN 10: 0521376114

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: JFC, HBJD, HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR, 1QDAG
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14100
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SOC036000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
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    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAR, 1QDAG
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    DC20: 393.0938
    LC classification: DE61.B87 M67 1992
    DC22: 393.0938
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000
    DC22: 393/.0938
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    Thema V1.0: NHB, NHTB, NHD, JBCC, NHC
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    48 b/w illus. 12 tables
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    Publication date
    22 October 1992
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    Review quote
    "Morris represents a new wave of research in archaeology, and his book is welcome...It is engagingly written and unites a great deal of wide-ranging information." Choice "Morris has written an excellent book about the interpretation of ancient burial remains and the use of such interpretations for social history." Religious Studies Review "While aimed primarily at social historians, this work will also be of significant interest to classical archaeologists looking for creative approaches to interpreting the graves they excavate...I once heard an anthropologist claim that classical archaeology has not produced a theorist of note since Pausanias. Morris, citing recent work on Greek burials, asserts that the field may yet answer its critics. This work is part of that response." Clark A. Walz, American Journal of Archaeology
    Table of contents
    1. The anthropology of a dead world; 2. 'Mos Romanus': cremation and inhumation in the Roman empire; 3. 'Dem bones': skeletal remains; 4. Taking it with you: grave-goods and Athenian democracy; 5. Monuments to the dead: display and wealth in classical Greece; 6. Famous last words: the inscribed tombstone; 7. At the bottom of the graves: an example of analysis; 8. Conclusion; Bibliographical essay; Bibliography; Index.