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The Monuments to the War Dead in Classical Athens: Form, Contexts, Meanings

POLLY LOW

in Cultures of Commemoration

Published by British Academy

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780197264669
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191753985 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264669.003.0002

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Monuments to the War Dead in Classical Athens: Form, Contexts, Meanings

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This chapter discusses one of the best-known instances of classical commemoration: the public funeral and collective burial and commemoration of the Athenian war dead. Its particular aim is to explore the various contexts in which Athenian practice might be understood. How do these monuments fit into the wider picture of Athenian burial and commemoration, in terms of both form and physical location? How do they relate to the political system and ideology of the city that created them? And how might these contexts shape the way in which the monuments were used and understood by contemporary and later viewers?

Keywords: classical Athens; public funeral; collective burial; democracy; casualty lists; state ceremonies

Chapter.  10053 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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