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1 Death in Ancient Greece CLAS-E 128: Death and the Afterlife in the Ancient World Harvard Extension School Fall 2007

2 The Odyssey, Bk 11: What’s familiar? What’s unfamiliar?

3 So-called “Memnon pieta”: Eos lifting up the body of her son Memnon. Kalos inscription. Interior from an Attic red- figure cup, ca. 490 ミ 480 BC. From Capua, Italy. The heroic death

4 Prothesis scene. Attic black-figure pinax (plaque), ca BC. Found in Athens. Musée du Louvre, Paris. Stages of the Greek Funeral: The Prothesis

5 Funerary plaque, ca. 520 ミ 510 B.C.; Archaic, black-figure Greek, Attic Terracotta; H. 10 1/4 in. (26.04 cm) Rogers Fund, 1954 ( ). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

6 Krater, second half of 8th century B.C.; Geometric Greek, Attic Attributed to the Hirschfeld Workshop Terracotta; H. 42 5/8 in. ( cm) Rogers Fund, 1914 ( ). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

7 Prothesis scene: exposure of the dead and mourning. Detail from a krater, ca. 750 BC (Late Geometric). From the Dipylon Cemetery in Athens. Now in the Mus é e du Louvre, Paris.

8 Mourner tearing her hair, detail. Neck from an Attic red-figured loutrophoros, ca BC. Mus é e du Louvre, Paris..

9 Mourning woman. Terracotta, made in Boeotia, ca BC. British Museum, London.

10 1.Prothesis 2.Ekphora 3.Cremation 4.Libations, sacrifice at grave 5.Establishing a grave site 6.Visits to the grave Stages of the Greek Funeral

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14 Grave stele of a youth and a little girl, ca. 530 B.C.; Archaic Greek, Attic Parian marble; H /16 in. (4.233 m) Inscribed on the base: to dear Me[gakles], on his death, his father with his dear mother set [me] up as a monument Frederick C. Hewitt Fund, 1911Rogers Fund, 1921Anonymous Gift, 1951 (11.185a-c,f,g). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

15 The grave shrine of Aristonutes funerary monument. Deceased hoplite. Athens 310 BC. Now in the Archaeological Museum of Athens.

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17 Tiny bowls, typical of funerary materials. Attica, 7th century BC Staatliche Antikensammlungen, Munich.

18 Woman decking a gravestone with garlands. Attic white-ground lekythos, ca BC. British Museum, London.

19 Visit to a tomb. Detail from an Attic white-ground lekythos, ca. 400 BC. British Museum, London.

20 Woman before a grave. Attic red-figured white-ground lekythos, ca. 420 BC. From Piraeus. Now at the Musée du Louvre, Paris.

21 Lekythos (oil flask), ca. 450 B.C.; white-ground Attributed to the Sabouroff Painter Greek, Attic Terracotta; H. 12 7/16 in. (31.6 cm) Rogers Fund, 1921 ( ) Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York The Greek Afterlife

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24 Orphic lamella from Thurii, 4th cen. BCE

25 Lekythos from the tomb of a woman. She is represented holding the hand of her husband. Attica, ca. 375 BC. Glyptotek, Munich

26 Attic white-ground red- figured lekythos, late 5th century BC.Musée du Petit Palais, Paris.

27 Attic grave marker. Athens Archaeological Museum, Athens.

28 Grave stele of a little girl, ca B.C. Greek. Parian marble; H. 31 1/2 in. (30.01 cm) Fletcher Fund, 1927 (27.45) Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

29 Funerary stele from Nicomedia (modern İzmit) in Bithynia, white marble, ca. 120 BC. The inscription reads: Thrasōn, son of Diogenes, erected this funerary stele for his two sons, Dexiphanes, age 5, and Thrasōn, age 4, and for Hermēs, age 25, who brought them up. In the earthquake collapse, so did he hold them in his arms. Musée du Louvre, Paris.

30 Funerary stele of Plangon. Athens, ca. 310 BC. Glyptotek, Munich.

31 Funerary stele from Nicomedia (modern İzmit) in Bithynia, white marble, ca BC. Musée du Louvre, Paris.

32 Seated woman leaving her newborn child to the a nurse, funerary stele. Marble, made in Athens, ca BC. From Athens. Now in the British Museum, London.

33 Funerary relief of a young man. Attica (?), ca. 360 BC. Glyptotek, Munich.

34 Funerary stele of Xenokrateia, daugther of Eukleides of Oie in Attika (according to inscription). Ca. 350 BC. Glyptotek, Munich.

35 Tombstone of the shoemaker Xanthippos. Marble, Greek artwork, ca BC. From Athens. British Museum, London.

36 Funerary stele bearing the inscription: “Thalea, [daughter of] Athenagoras, [from the city of] Oroanna, hail!”. Found in Smyrna (now İzmir, Turkey). Marble, ca. 150 BCE, Hellenistic work. Musée du Louvre, Paris.


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