• Restless Dead: Encounters Between the Living and the Dead in Ancient Greece See large image

    Restless Dead: Encounters Between the Living and the Dead in Ancient Greece (Hardback) By (author) Sarah Iles Johnston


    Sorry we can't get this title, the button below links through to AbeBooks who may have this title (opens in new window).

    Try AbeBooks | Add to wishlist
    Also available in...
    Paperback $34.94

    DescriptionDuring the archaic and classical periods, Greek ideas about the dead evolved in response to changing social and cultural conditions--most notably changes associated with the development of the polis, such as funerary legislation, and changes due to increased contacts with cultures of the ancient Near East. In Restless Dead, Sarah Iles Johnston presents and interprets these changes, using them to build a complex picture of the way in which the society of the dead reflected that of the living, expressing and defusing its tensions, reiterating its values and eventually becoming a source of significant power for those who knew how to control it. She draws on both well-known sources, such as Athenian tragedies, and newer texts, such as the Derveni Papyrus and a recently published lex sacra from Selinous. Topics of focus include the origin of the goes (the ritual practitioner who made interaction with the dead his specialty), the threat to the living presented by the ghosts of those who died dishonorably or prematurely, the development of Hecate into a mistress of ghosts and its connection to female rites of transition, and the complex nature of the Erinyes. Restless Dead culminates with a new reading of Aeschylus' Oresteia that emphasizes how Athenian myth and cult manipulated ideas about the dead to serve political and social ends.

Other books

Other people who viewed this bought | Other books in this category
Showing items 1 to 10 of 10


Reviews | Bibliographic data
  • Full bibliographic data for Restless Dead

    Restless Dead
    Encounters Between the Living and the Dead in Ancient Greece
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sarah Iles Johnston
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 658 g
    ISBN 13: 9780520217072
    ISBN 10: 0520217071

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: JFC, HBJD, HBLA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    BIC subject category V2: HRKP
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    BISAC V2.8: REL055000, OCC027000
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SOC005000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Approval Code: A13260000
    DC21: 292.13
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17530
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, SOC002010
    B&T Approval Code: A11460000
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAG
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 133.10938
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: 98-44365
    BISAC V2.8: REL033000
    BISAC region code:
    DC22: 133.1/0938
    LC classification: BF1472.G8 J64 1999
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: NHTB, DSBB, NHD, JBCC, NHC, QRS
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAG
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    1 table
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    03 May 1999
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Sarah Iles Johnston is Associate Professor of Greek and Latin at Ohio State University. She is author of Hekate Soteira: A Study of Hekate's Roles in the Chaldean Oracles and Related Literature (1990) and coeditor of Medea: Essays on Medea in Myth, Literature, Philosophy and Art (1997).
    Back cover copy
    "[This work] will represent the principal study of ancient Greek beliefs in the intervention of the dead, a topic of acute relevance to the study of classical literature, Greek religion, and the later cultures that spawned curse tablets and versions of Christianity."--David Frankfurter, author of "Religion in Roman Egypt"This is an incontestably useful book. . . . The author's scholarship is remarkable and her competence indisputable. Her laudably courageous and original analysis of the Erinyes leads us from archaic poetry, via the purificatory rituals and reforms of cult brought about by the mysterious Epimenides, to the Orphic tradition recently discovered in the Derveni papyrus--all of which enables Sarah Johnston to conclude by proposing an enthralling rereading of Aeschylus' "Oresteia."--Philippe Borgeaud, author of "The Cult of Pan in Ancient Greece