Rural Burial in the World of Cities

Anthony Snodgrass

in Archaeology and the Emergence of Greece

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780748623334
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653577 | DOI:
Rural Burial in the World of Cities

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This chapter explores rural burial in ancient Greek cities. It considers a finding that arose from an intensive survey in western Boeotia: that there were small isolated burial sites, sporadically interspersed with the ‘activity areas’ of the same rural landscape, and presumably accommodating members of families of landowners. An irrefutable parallel had again emerged from Hans Lohmann's discoveries in Attica, where family burial plots with the remains of built funerary monuments were found in the vicinity of several farm sites. The chapter examines three especially interesting pieces of testimony: the first concerns an early fifth-century inscription from Gortyn in Crete, the second deals with a private speech usually attributed to Demosthenes, and the third refers to an inscription of the third century BC from Gonnoi in Thessaly. Rural burial is, at the least, another of the surprises that the systematic examination of the rural landscape has brought to the understanding of the history of ancient Greece.

Keywords: Greece; rural burial; cities; Boeotia; burial sites; landowners; Hans Lohmann; Attica; Gortyn; Gonnoi

Chapter.  4382 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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