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Ashes, Images, and Memories: The Presence of the War Dead in Fifth-Century Athens

Nathan T. Arrington


This book argues that the institution of public burial for the war dead and images of the deceased in civic and sacred spaces fundamentally changed how people conceived of military casualties. In a period characterized by war and the threat of civil strife, the nascent democracy claimed the fallen for the city and commemorated them with rituals and images that shaped a civic ideology of struggle and self-sacrifice on behalf of a unified community. While most studies of Athenian public burial have focused on discrete aspects of the institution, such as the funeral oration, this book broadens th ... More

Keywords: Classical Athens, Greek art, Greek archaeology, collective memory, cultural memory, individual memory, civic monuments, patrios nomos, war dead, democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199369072
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199369072.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nathan T. Arrington, author
Princeton University