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CLAS 2290 Dying, Death and Afterward in Ancient Greece (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

The ancient Greeks wrote poems and stories about glorious - and inglorious - deaths, believed in afterlives that could involve privilege or punishment (or neither), and passed laws about burials and mourning. This course will examine cultural responses to death in the Greek world through the lenses of material objects (e.g. tomb decorations and grave goods), literary and artistic representations, and ritual activity. We will consider how practices and beliefs changed over time in response to shifting societal and individual needs, and, in addition, how this helps us to understand the place death fills in our own communities.


Instructor(s): Hanne Eisenfeld

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 20-Mar-14