Death and burial in ancient Greece


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  • Death and burial in ancient Greece
  • After being washed and anointed with oil by the deceased's female relatives, the body was dressed and placed on a high bed within the house.
  • Relatives of the deceased, primarily women, conducted the elaborate burial rituals
  • During the prothesis, relatives and friends came to mourn and pay their respects.
  • The burial rights were made up of three parts: the prothesis, which involved the laying out of the body.
  • The deceased was brought to the cemetery in this procession, which usually took place just before dawn. Monumental earth mounds, rectangular built tombs, and elaborate marble stelai and statues marked the grave and ensured that the deceased would not be forgotten.
  • The ekphora, which was the funeral procession which formed to carry the body to its resting place.
  • And finally the burial of the body or cremated remains of the deceased.
  • Immortality lay in the continued remembrance of the dead by the living. From depictions on pottery, we know that the women of Classical Athens made regular visits to the grave with offerings that included small cakes and libations.
  • The Greeks believed that at the moment of death, the spirit of the dead left the body as a little breath or puff of wind. Ancient literary sources such as The Iliad emphasize the necessity of a proper burial and refer to the lack of burial rites as an insult to human dignity
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