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Social Identity and Status in the Classical and Hellenistic Northern Peloponnese : The Evidence from

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Classical and Hellenistic cemeteries can give us more than descriptions and styles of pottery, art and burial architecture; they can speak of people, societies, social conventions as well as of social distinctions. This book aims to employ and illustrate the unique strengths of burial evidence and its contribution to the understanding of social identity and status in the Classical and Hellenistic Northern Peloponnese. By thoroughly reviewing published burials from the regions of Achaia, Arcadia, the Argolid and Cynouria, Corinthia, Elis and Triphylia, spatial and temporal variations which led to a change in definitions of ‘society' and perceptions of ‘community' on the basis of shifting reactions to death and the dead are demonstrated. Social roles of men, women, children, elite and non-elite individuals as expressed or negotiated in the mortuary record are explored. Preconceived ideas and stereotypes within and about the Classical and Hellenistic burials are challenged. In spite of the many constraints imposed by the limited previous research, what clearly emerges from this study is the wide degree of variation in what are often loosely termed ‘customary' or unappealing Classical and Hellenistic burial practices in the Northern Peloponnese. If death was indeed an occasion or ‘opportunity', then the meaning of this opportunity varied along the shifting dimensions, in time and space, of identity and status.
Number of Pages: 357
Genre: History, Social Science
Format: Paperback
Publisher: David Brown Book Co
Author: Nikolas Dimakis
Language: English
Street Date: February 28, 2017
TCIN: 52420308
UPC: 9781784915063
Item Number (DPCI): 248-45-6202
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