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ASHES, IMAGES, AND MEMORIES: THE PRESENCE OF THE WAR DEAD IN FIFTH-CENTURY ATHENS. Nathan T. Arrington. Oxford University Press, 2015. 360 pp. ISBN 9780199369072 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: Ashes, Images, and Memories argues that the institution of public burial for the war dead and images of the deceased in civic and sacred spaces fundamentally changed how people conceived of military casualties in fifth-century Athens. In a period characterized by war and the threat of civil strife, the nascent democracy claimed the fallen for the city and commemorated them with rituals and images that shaped a civic ideology of struggle and self-sacrifice on behalf of a unified community. While most studies of Athenian public burial have focused on discrete aspects of the institution, such as the funeral oration, this book broadens the scope. It examines the presence of the war dead in cemeteries, civic and sacred spaces, the home, and the mind, and underscores the role of material culture--from casualty lists to white-ground lekythoi--in mediating that presence.
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Worldwide Number: 163264
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