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Harmful Interaction between the Living and the Dead in Greek Tragedy$
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Bridget Martin

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621501

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621501.001.0001

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The living harming the dead: Exposure, mutilation and exclusion

The living harming the dead: Exposure, mutilation and exclusion

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(p.111) Chapter Four The living harming the dead: Exposure, mutilation and exclusion
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Harmful Interaction between the Living and the Dead in Greek Tragedy
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Bridget Martin

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789621501.003.0005

This chapter examines the living exposing, mutilating (including maschalismos) and/or denying funeral rites to the dead and argues that these acts should be understood as harmful interaction between the worlds of the living and the dead. It presents a framework for understanding the umbrella terms “burial” and “exposure” and questions the impact of these on the deceased in the tragic Underworld, considering both physical and metaphysical outcomes. It concludes that acts of desecration resulted in dishonour for the deceased that manifested in a dual-world combination of social exclusion in the world of the dead and eventual disappearance from societal memory in the world of the living.

Keywords:   burial, exposure, mutilation, mourning, social stratification, maschalismos, honour, dishonour

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