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Picturing Death in Classical Athens : The Evidence of the White Lekythoi - John H. Oakley

Picturing Death in Classical Athens

The Evidence of the White Lekythoi


Published: 1st February 2005
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This is the first in-depth study of the pictures found on Attic white lekythois. These funerary vases, placed in and on Athenian graves, have long been appreciated for their beautiful polychrome images that evoke the style of lost classical wall and mural paintings. The most important visual source for classical Greek funerary customs, they exhibit a limited range of subject matter, most of it connected with death. This richly illustrated volume closely examines the four major types of scenes: domestic pictures, the mythological conductors of the soul, the prothesis (wake), and visits to the grave. In addition to analysis of the iconographical development of each type, this study places these pictures in the historical, social, cultural, archaeological, and literary contexts, documenting relationships between the 'rites of Passage', Athenian history, the changing perceptions of death in fifth-century Athens, and funerary epigrams and laments.

'The volume is handsomely illustrated ... The book is written in a style that makes these attractive products and the important subject they highlight intelligible to a wide range of readers.' JACT '... richly illustrated ... will be of great value to scholars of death ritual.' Mortality

Domestic scenes
The prothesis
Myth and mythological figures
Scenes at the grave
Putting the pictures into context
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ISBN: 9780521820165
ISBN-10: 0521820162
Series: Cambridge Studies in Classical Art and Iconography
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 306
Published: 1st February 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 28.19 x 22.25  x 2.36
Weight (kg): 1.2