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Death and Disease in the Ancient City 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0415619325
ISBN-10: 0415619327
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'This is an ambitious and stimulating collection of essays built around a strong central theme. – Rachel Hall Sternberg, The College of Wooster

'For the interplay of religious dread and mundane practical concerns, as well as for issues of prestige and disgrace and other matters of wide concern, there are useful conclusions and insights and a host of well digested and fascinating data.' – Mortality

About the Author

Dr Valerie Hope is a Lecturer in the Department of Classical Studies at the Open University.

Dr Valerie Hope is a Lecturer in the Department of Classical Studies at the Open University. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (January 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415619327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415619325
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,859,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert D. Archer on June 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Death and Disease in the Ancient City is a well-edited -- nay, fantastically edited -- collection of essays that provide an eye-opening look at a subject seldom touched upon, but which is of great importance if we are to understand the everyday reality of human existence thousands of years ago: the utter precariousness of life itself, and the specter of a possible sudden death from a myriad of sources that seemed to hang over the heads of all classes of people like the Sword of Damocles. This book deals with how the ancients viewed diseases, how they ritualized and fetishized death and mourning, and how they tried to fit the fragility and helplessness of their own lives into rational (for them) cosmological and epistemological schemes that could provide comfort and some sense of understanding of and coping with the awesome forces that could cruelly wrench existence from the living in, literally, a heartbeat.

The essays in this volume provide vital discussions on a myriad of fascinating topics, and plenty of notes have been provided to help the reader do more research on his or her own. The co-editor's dedication to providing readable and intriguing meditations on these matters is laudable, and pulled off successfully. This book is sure to be the standard tome on this subject for years to come, and I can't recommend it highly enough.
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