Death and Funeral in Ancient Greece

Michael Lahanas

I am not afraid of being dead, I just do not want to die.
Epicharmus of Cos


These tombstones were not made for or by distinguished people; they were made for everyday people by everyday workmen. We must treat them as gravestones, not as achievements of art. They were not made for competitive exhibition in this Museum. Nevertheless it is remarkable to what an extent technical ability had been developed, and that so many sculptors could be found in Greece capable of doing such excellent work. Some of them pass beyond the ordinary level, and exemplify the highest artistic skill. (



Ancient Sources

Jan Bremmer, Princeton University Press; Reissue edition (October 1987)

Warren S. Brown, Nancey C. Murphy, H. Newton Malony (Eds.) Augsburg Fortress Publishers (October 1998) Modern Ideas of Theology, Philosophy and Natural Science about the Soul and Body (Is there a soul body duality, does a soul exist?)