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Death-Ritual and Social Structure in Classical Antiquity (Ian Morris) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1992) 9780521376112
Death-Ritual and Social Structure in Classical Antiquity (Ian Morris) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 1992) 9780521376112
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Title: Death-Ritual and Social Structure in Classical Antiquity

Author: Morris, Ian

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 1992

Paperback; ISBN: 9780521376112

Volumes: 1; Pages: 284

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The chief purpose of this book is to show how burials may be used as a uniquely informative source for Greek and Roman social history. Burials permit a far wider range of inference and insight than the literary texts produced by and for a narrow social elite, and by studying them in depth Dr. Morris is able to offer new interpretations of social change in Graeco-Roman antiquity. The major interdisciplinary importance of the book lies in its attempt to break down barriers between archaeologists and historians of different societies and cultures.Contents1. The anthropology of a dead world2. 'Mos Romanus': cremation and inhumation in the Roman empire3. 'Dem bones': skeletal remains4. Taking it with you: grave-goods and Athenian democracy5. Monuments to the dead: display and wealth in classical Greece6. Famous last words: the inscribed tombstone7. At the bottom of the graves: an example of analysis8. ConclusionBibliographical essayBibliographyIndexReviews"Morris represents a new wave of research in archaeology, and his book is welcome. ... It is engagingly written and unites a great deal of wide-ranging information."--Choice"Morris has written an excellent book about the interpretation of ancient burial remains and the use of such interpretations for social history."--Religious Studies Review"While aimed primarily at social historians, this work will also be of significant interest to classical archaeologists looking for creative approaches to interpreting the graves they excavate. ... I once heard an anthropologist claim that classical archaeology has not produced a theorist of note since Pausanias. Morris, citing recent work on Greek burials, asserts that the field may yet answer its critics. This work is part of that response."--Clark A. Walz, American Journal of Archaeology
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