An Archaeology of Ancestors: Tomb Cult and Hero Cult in Early Greece

An Archaeology of Ancestors: Tomb Cult and Hero Cult in Early Greece

by Carla M. Antonaccio


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In this fresh consideration of the origins of the ancient Greeks' ideas and practices concerning their own past, Carla M. Antonaccio demonstrates that hero cult and ancestor cult persisted, throughout the Iron Age, long before epic poetry's heroic narratives were widely disseminated. Although it was not until the dissolution of Iron Age societies that epic poetry and organized hero cult developed to aid claims to legitimacy, practices such as visiting tombs to make offerings were common, and contradict the usual picture of Iron Age religious conservatism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780847679423
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/22/1994
Series: Greek Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches Series
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.94(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Carla M. Antonaccio is assistant professor of classics at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 A Regional Survey of Tomb Cults Chapter 3 EPic and Mythical Heroes' Cults Chapter 4 The Cult of the Dead Chapter 5 An Archaeology of Ancestors Chapter 6 Bibliography Chapter 7 Index

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