Views on Death in Ancient Greece Essays
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Secondly, the theme of warfare and death comes out clearly, when the author says ‘...any citizen or stranger who pleases, joins in the procession: and the female relatives are there to wail at the burial. The dead are laid in the public sepulcher in the beautiful suburb of the city, in which those who fall in war are always buried; with the exception of those slain at marathon, who for their singular and extraordinary valor were interred…’. This funeral was carried out and gifts were brought for their families. Wailing by women was also mandatory in the ceremony. From these bits and pieces, we can learn about the customs of war burials and the way the Athenians honored their war heroes. Moreover, we can deduct that the Athenian society was a war society and this is evident by the fact that every one participates in these funeral ceremonies honoring the Athenian heroes that died fighting for Athens and supporting the families of the deceased by giving them gift and offerings.
Moreover, the theme of warfare and the glory in