03.09.09.Death.Prayers.Priesthoods

03.09.09.Death.Prayers.Priesthoods - GREEK AND ROMAN...

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GREEK AND ROMAN RELIGIONS 03/09/09: Death Rites, Prayer, Sacrifice, Priesthoods
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Quiz Chaos Quiz 05 will only let you answer questions in order and not go back due to a mistaken toggle. If you feel comfortable completing it knowing this, do so. If you don’t feel comfortable, or if your attempt to finish it results in your being unable to go back to fill in a question, contact me and I will provide an alternate form (via PDF attachement). You just have to email me your answers. Due to sakai weirdness, deadline is extended until Wed. at 11:59
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Death Roman underworld in literature is essentially the Greek one, with all the elaboration of the Hellenistic era (i.e. Cerberus, Elysium, different judges, Chiron ferrying people across the Styx, etc.) Actual death customs often didn’t have a relation to this, and if anything, seemed to indicate that the departed might not be around. Important to propitiate and sacrifice to the ancestral shades (the di manes , from Etruscan root)
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Death Construed as a loss to the family and for the dead (house marked with cypress branches), and a transition to a new community among the manes Dead body was laid in the home after being cleansed and after ritual mourning ( conclamatio ), signet ring (for men) taken off finger by nearest relative, funeral procession, then pyre (for cremation) / inhumation in tomb [coin in mouth, also!] Procession was of singular importance
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Funeral procession As part of procession death masks of ancestors brought out of home and worn by family members who resemble them Parade also involves bringing out the imagines (sg. imago ) of the family ancestors from their places in the home Also involves standard sorts of displays of wealth in ancient societies: paid flute players, mourners, etc.
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This note was uploaded on 02/01/2012 for the course 190 326 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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03.09.09.Death.Prayers.Priesthoods - GREEK AND ROMAN...

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