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The Ritualized Commemoration of War in the Hellenistic City: Memory, Identity, Emotion

ANGELOS CHANIOTIS

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/9780197264669.003.0003

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Ritualized Commemoration of War in the Hellenistic City: Memory, Identity, Emotion

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This chapter studies (primarily using epigraphic evidence) the various ways in which wars, both wars of the remote past and more recent conflicts, were present in the ritual life of Hellenistic cities. It demonstrates the continual presence of war memories and memorials in ritual activities, exploring the diverse ways in which that presence was manifested (for example, historical anniversaries, public funerals, the graves of the war dead as places of memory, the part played by war dedications in sanctuaries, the commemoration of war in the public recitation of honorary decrees).

Keywords: Hellenistic Greece; public funerals; collective burial; dedications; honorary decrees; religious festivals

Chapter.  8767 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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