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204 pages

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Published Jan 2020

Archaeopress Archaeology


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Mortuary Variability; Social Diversity; Burial Practices; Ancient Greece; Bronze Age; Hellenistic; Classical Greece; Funerary Practices

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Mortuary Variability and Social Diversity in Ancient Greece

Studies on Ancient Greek Death and Burial

Edited by Nikolas Dimakis, Tamara M. Dijkstra

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This volume brings together early career scholars working on funerary customs in Greece from the Early Iron Age to the Roman period. Papers present various thematic and interdisciplinary analysis in which funerary contexts provide insights on individuals, social groups and communities.



Mortuary Variability and Social Diversity in Ancient Greece: A Prologue – Nikolas Dimakis and Tamara M. Dijkstra

Death Practices and Social Change
Protogeometric Thessaly: An Integrated Study of Burial Practices and Isotope Analysis of Human Remains – Eleni Panagiotopoulou
Liminal Spaces, Burial Contexts and Funerary Practices in the pre-Classical Marathon (Attica) – Vicky Vlachou ; 
Funerary Variability in Late Geometric Attica and its Implications: A Closer Look at the Neglected Late 8th-century Cremations – Alexandra Alexandridou
Mortuary Practices in the Ancient Rural Demoi of Southeastern Attica under the Light of Recent Evidence from Five Cemeteries in Mesogaia – Panagiota Galiatsatou
Urbanism and its Impact on Human Health and Diet: A Preliminary Study of the Human Remains from Hellenistic to Late Antique Knossos, Crete – Anna Moles

Social Identity and Treatment in Death
Defining Social Identities at Cemeteries of Late Classical Argos: Age- and Gender-Groups on the Basis of Distinctive Funerary Gifts – Georgia Ivou
Pot Burials in Ancient Thera: The Presence of Infants in the Cemeteries of the Ancient City from 8th to 6th Century BC – Olga Kaklamani
Premature Death and Burial in Classical and Hellenistic Attica – Nikolas Dimakis

Monumental Commemoration and Identity
The Creation of a Deathscape: The Monumental Tomb at Agios Milianos in Lindos – Vasiliki Brouma
Building for the mos Romanus in the Peloponnese: The Columbaria Monuments – Georgios Doulfis
Mortuary Practices at Roman Sparta – Maria Tsouli
Burial Monumentality and Funerary Associations in Roman Kos – Nikolas Dimakis and Vassiliki Christopoulou
Grave Markers (Semata) of the Koan Necropoleis (3rd century BC-3rd century AD) – Chrysanthi Tsouli

About the Author

Nikolas Dimakis is a postdoctoral research fellow in Classical Archaeology at the University of Athens. He specialises in the funerary archaeology of Classical to Roman Greece and examines the interplay of emotions, ritual and identity in the burial context. Nikolas has coordinated and participated in international meetings and in many archaeological projects in Attica, the Peloponnese, Thrace and the Dodecanese.

Tamara M. Dijkstra is a researcher at the Department of Greek Archaeology at the University of Groningen. She specialises in the funerary archaeology and epigraphy of Classical to Roman Greece and examines the relation between mortuary practices, social structure, and social identities. She also studies Hellenistic domestic archaeology within the Halos Archaeological Project.


The essays differ greatly in length, outlook and scope, but as a whole, the volume provides an engaging study of much of the recent work done on the subject of Greek death und burial, and a contextual analysis of different aspects of mortuary practices. Without doubt, its interdisciplinary approach marks one of the most valuable aspects of the publication, which constitutes a necessary update for many topics in the field and is especially useful for a specialist audience.’ – Annarita Doronzio (2022): sehepunkte 22 (2022), Nr. 4