Death in Mycenaean Lakonia : a silent place / Chrysanthi Gallou.
- Oxford : Oxbow Books, 
x, 280 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 29 x 22 cm
- Funeral rites and ceremonies -- Greece -- Lakōnia.
Burial -- Greece -- Peloponnesus (Peninsula) -- History -- To 1500.
Bronze age -- Greece -- Peloponnesus (Peninsula).
Greece -- Peloponnesus (Peninsula).
- A Silent Place: Death in Mycenaean Lakonia' is the first book-length systematic study of the Late Bronze Age (LBA) burial tradition in south-eastern Peloponnese, Greece, and the first to comprehensively present and discuss all Mycenaean tombs and funerary contexts excavated and/or simply reported in the region from the 19th century to present day. The book will discuss and reconstruct the emergence and development of the Mycenaean mortuary tradition in Lakonia by examining the landscape of death, the burial architecture, the funerary and post-funerary customs and rituals, and offering patterns over a longue duree. 0The author proposes patterns of continuity from the Middle Bronze Age (even the Early Bronze Age in terms of burial architecture) to the LBA and, equally important, from the Late Bronze Age to the Early Iron Age,and reconstructs diachronic processes of invention of tradition and identity in Mycenaean communities, on the basis of tomb types and their material culture. The text highlights the social, political and economic history of Late Bronze Age Lakonia from the evolution of the Mycenaean civilisation and the establishment of palatial administration in the Spartan vale, to the demise of Mycenaean culture and the turbulent post-collapse centuries, as reflected by the burial offerings.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-276) and index.
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