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COUCHED IN DEATH: KLINAI AND IDENTITY IN ANATOLIA AND BEYOND. Elizabeth P. Baughan. University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, 2013. Wisconsin Studies in Classics. 510 pp. with 384 ills. (16 col.). 26 x 21 cm. LC 2012-40082 ISBN 9780299291808 In English.
Publisher's description: In Couched in Death, Elizabeth P. Baughan offers the first comprehensive look at the earliest funeral couches in the ancient Mediterranean world. These sixth- and fifth-century BCE klinai from Asia Minor were inspired by specialty luxury furnishings developed in Archaic Greece for reclining at elite symposia. It was in Anatolia, however -- in the dynastic cultures of Lydia and Phrygia and their neighbors -- that klinai first gained prominence not as banquet furniture but as burial receptacles... Bringing a diverse body of understudied and unpublished material together for the first time, Baughan investigates the origins and cultural significance of kline-burial and charts the stylistic development and distribution of funerary klinai throughout Anatolia. She contends that funeral couch burials and banqueter representations in funerary art helped construct hybridized Anatolian-Persian identities in Achaemenid Anatolia, and she reassesses the origins of the custom of the reclining banquet itself, a defining feature of ancient Mediterranean civilizations.
Indexing: Western, Ancient Mediterranean — Furniture, Several Media — Archaeology
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 153575
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