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Cultures of CommemorationWar Memorials, Ancient and Modern$
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Polly Low, Graham Oliver, and P.J. Rhodes

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264669

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264669.001.0001

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The Monuments to the War Dead in Classical Athens: Form, Contexts, Meanings

The Monuments to the War Dead in Classical Athens: Form, Contexts, Meanings

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(p.12) (p.13) 2 The Monuments to the War Dead in Classical Athens: Form, Contexts, Meanings
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Cultures of Commemoration
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POLLY LOW

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264669.003.0002

This chapter discusses one of the best-known instances of classical commemoration: the public funeral and collective burial and commemoration of the Athenian war dead. Its particular aim is to explore the various contexts in which Athenian practice might be understood. How do these monuments fit into the wider picture of Athenian burial and commemoration, in terms of both form and physical location? How do they relate to the political system and ideology of the city that created them? And how might these contexts shape the way in which the monuments were used and understood by contemporary and later viewers?

Keywords:   classical Athens, public funeral, collective burial, democracy, casualty lists, state ceremonies

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