Burial Practices of Ancient Greece
Original Play Written By Sophocles
Here's A Quick Summary of Antigone
So, What Rituals Did the Ancient Greek Perform to Bury the Deceased?
- At the moment of death, the psyche, or spirit of the dead, left the body as a little breath or puff of wind.
- The dead would be prepared for burying rituals. They took these rituals very seriously, as they believed that the way they were buried reflected their human dignity.
- Relatives of the deceased, mainly women, prepared the burying rituals.
- The burying ritual included three parts. The first part was the prothesis, or the laying out of the body. During this time, family and friends came to mourn and pay their condolences. Following the prothesis was the exphora, or the funeral procession. This usually took place before dawn. After this was when the body was placed in a tomb. Their tomb was marked so that they would not be forgotten.
This is a statue of a deceased mother and child that was placed in a grave monument.
This is a jug that was placed in a tomb that has a painting of a deceased woman making clothing.
This is a tomb that had the design of a woman and her child who died while giving birth.
Why Is This So Important To History?
How Does This Connect to Antigone?
- Period, Time. "Death, Burial, and the Afterlife in Ancient Greece | Thematic Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art." The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Oct. 2012. <http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/dbag/hd_dbag.htm>.
- "Antigone in 3 Minutes and 47 Seconds - YouTube." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Oct. 2012. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adhKa1g6cQY>.
- "FREE Antigone Plot Summary | BookRags.com." BookRags.com | Homework Help, Book Summaries, Study Guides, Essays, Lesson Plans, & Educational Resources. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Oct. 2012. <http://www.bookrags.com/notes/ant/>.