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    DescriptionThe 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 in art - 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 which reflect modern thinking rather than ancient realities.


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    Title
    Reading Greek Death
    Subtitle
    To the End of the Classical Period
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 512
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 639 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780198150695
    ISBN 10: 0198150695
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: JFC, HBJD, HBLA
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: JHBT
    LC subject heading: ,
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    BIC subject category V2: JHBZ
    BISAC V2.8: LAN009000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS048000, HIS002010, LIT004190
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG
    LC subject heading:
    DC20: 393.0938
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: JHMC, JHB, JHBZ, NHD, JBCC, NHC
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    8 pp plates
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Clarendon Press
    Publication date
    05 December 1996
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Review quote
    Her strength lies in her honesty; Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood is more explicit about her methodology than perhaps any other current writer on the ancient world, and her plea to the reader, to "invest the effort" needed to acknowledge the complexity of the issues of social and cultural change under discussion should be heeded. Times Literary Supplement Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood is more explicit about her methodology than perhaps any other current writer on the ancient world, and her plea to the reader to "invest the effort" needed to acknowledge the complexity of the issues of social and cultural change under discussion, should be heeded. Times Higher Education Supplement The author is well-informed and provides valuable insights in some areas. ... a fund of useful references. Rahal XXIX, 1996 An interesting book. The Historian