Picturing Death in Classical Athens
The Evidence of the White Lekythoi
By (author) John H. Oakley
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Picturing Death in Classical Athens by John H. Oakley
Book DescriptionThis is the first in-depth study of the pictures found on Attic white lekythois. These funerary vases, placed in and on Athenian graves, have long been appreciated for their beautiful polychrome images that evoke the style of lost classical wall and mural paintings. The most important visual source for classical Greek funerary customs, they exhibit a limited range of subject matter, most of it connected with death. This richly illustrated volume closely examines the four major types of scenes: domestic pictures, the mythological conductors of the soul, the prothesis (wake), and visits to the grave. In addition to analysis of the iconographical development of each type, this study places these pictures in the historical, social, cultural, archaeological, and literary contexts, documenting relationships between the 'rites of Passage', Athenian history, the changing perceptions of death in fifth-century Athens, and funerary epigrams and laments.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521820165
(247mm x 174mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 7-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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