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The Greek Way of Death Paperback – 5 Jul 2001


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"Presents a great deal of interesting material clearly and attractively... this enjoyable and attractive book has done much to get Death away from the cemetery and put it back where the Prayer Book tells us it is to be fouind 'in the midst of life'. Robert Parker, JACT Review... a rich and remarkably complex collection of the abundant but scattered literary, artistic and archaeological evidence on death in the ancient world. Jon D Mikalson, American Historical Review... can be recommended to the Greekless reader and the classicist alike for its concentration of ancient testimonia unencumbered by theory and laced with good sense... a book I have already recommended to students. Sarah P Morris, Phoenix" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

ROBERT GARLAND is Professor of Classics at Colgate University, New York. He is the author of many books, including most recently Celebrity in Antiquity: From Media Tarts to Tabloid Queens (Duckworth 2006), Julius Caesar (Bristol Phoenix Press 2004), Surviving Greek Tragedy (Duckworth 2004), The Daily Life of the Greeks (Greenwood Press, 2nd edn 2008), The Eye of the Beholder: Deformity and Disability in the Graeco-Roman World (Duckworth 1995), and Religion and the Greeks (Bristol Classical Press 1994).

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9109ff60) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90f5e87c) out of 5 stars An easy to read Classical Study. 12 Jun. 2009
By Jan Dierckx - Published on Amazon.com
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Surveying funerary rites and attitudes toward death from the time of Homer to the fourth century BC, Robert Garland seeks to show what the ordinary Greek felt about death and the dead. The second edition features a substantial new prefatory essay in which Garland addresses recent questions and debates about death and the early Greeks. The book also includes an updated Supplementary Bibliography.

There are seven chapters.
1. The Power and Status of the Dead.
2. Dying
3. The Funeral
4. Between Worlds
5. Life in Hades.
6. The Special Dead.
7. Visiting the Tomb.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x918232b8) out of 5 stars Easy to read and very informative 16 Nov. 2008
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Some of these books on myth that are written by professors can be difficult to read. This book is not like that. This book is easy to ready and understand. The information in it is very good. There is much about how the ancients thought about death that we just don't know. This book will tell you the little we do know about on how the Greeks thought about death. No definite answers, but very interesting.
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