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Funerary Epigrams of Ancient Greece: Reflections on Literature, Society and Religion

by: Gonzalez, M.G.

Category: Epigraphy / Greek Linguistics / Early Greek Languages
Code: 25126
ISBN-13: 9781350062429 / 978-1-350-06242-9
ISBN-10: 1350062421 / 1-350-06242-1
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date: 2019
Publication Place: London
Binding: Cloth
Pages: 213
Book Condition: New

About Funerary Epigrams of Ancient Greece
Taking a wide selection of Greek funerary epigrams from the 6th to 4th centuries BC, this volume considers their historical and chronological contexts to draw out information about the society that created them. Using both Hansen's corpus of epigrams and wider examples, it gives priority to those cases where the whole monument ensemble is preserved, both text and image, enabling a much better understanding of the significance of the texts.

A thematic structure within a broader chronological framework provides a valuable lens on the epigrams, allowing readers to compare particular types across the time period. After introducing the funerary landscape in which the selected epigrams fit, González briefly considers the literary form of epigrams as a foil for the rest of the book. The remaining chapters focus on epitaphs of individuals in the most significant stages of life, where gender differences are most marked: themes include untimely death, women and wives, friendship, piety and non-kin love. All epigrams are offered in Greek, followed by an English translation. The analysis focuses on the literary aspects of the epigrams, as well as on the information they provide about both society and religion of ancient Greece.

Table of contents
List of Figures


1. The Funerary Landscape: A Reflection of the World of the Living
2. The Literary Form: Tears of Simonides …and of Pindar
3. Phrasikleia, forever a maiden. Kroisos, whom raging Ares destroyed.
4. How to Deprive the Year of its Spring
5. Immortal Remembrance of Friends
6. Wives and their Masters
7. Powerful Enemies: Childbirth, the Sea
8. Rewards for Piety... Next to Persephone


Index of Inscriptions and Table of Concordances

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Funerary Epigrams of Ancient Greece: Reflections on Literature, Society and Religion

by: Gonzalez, M.G.

  • ISBN-13: 9781350062429 / 978-1-350-06242-9
  • ISBN-03: 1350062421 / 1-350-06242-1
  • Bloomsbury Academic, London, 2019