Understanding Hellenistic Thanatos: death, ritual and identity in the south-eastern Aegean in the late 4th-1st c. BC

Brouma, Vasiliki (2017) Understanding Hellenistic Thanatos: death, ritual and identity in the south-eastern Aegean in the late 4th-1st c. BC. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

The aim of this thesis is to examine ritual action and identity formation in the funerary record of the South-Eastern Aegean during the Hellenistic period (late 4th – 1st centuries BC).

Chapter 1 presents the aim, scope, originality, research context and methodology of the thesis. Chapter 2 provides the geographical background of the thesis along with the topographical features of the tombs and the cemeteries followed by a discussion on the deathscapes of the South-Eastern Aegean in Hellenistic times. Chapter 3 is a concise typological analysis of the tomb types in the islands and the mainland cities of the Rhodian peraea and Chapter 4 offers a contextual look into funerary and post-funerary ritual drawing from various types of evidence such as modes of disposal of the human body, monumental tomb architecture (tombs with funerary beds) and funerary monuments (cylindrical altars with decorations in relief) among others. In Chapter 5, I discuss several manifestations of individual and collective identity as inferred by the archaeological record, as far as this is possible, followed by a brief assessment of insularity and identity in the Hellenistic communities of the South-Eastern Aegean. Finally, chapter 6 offers a synopsised outline of the main themes explored in the thesis along with general and specific conclusions.

Item Type: Thesis (University of Nottingham only) (PhD)
Supervisors: Gallou, C.
Bowden, W.
Keywords: Funerary archaeology, Hellenistic, Death and Identity, Funerary ritual, South-Eastern Aegean
Subjects: C Auxiliary sciences of history > CC Archaeology
D History - General and Old World > DF Greece
Faculties/Schools: UK Campuses > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities
Item ID: 43754
Depositing User: Brouma, Vasiliki
Date Deposited: 29 May 2018 14:48
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2018 12:28
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/43754

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