This volume examines the influence of literacy on the development
of different genres of mourning in ancient Greece. The oral
tradition of lament in the Homeric poems forms the point of
departure for close readings of epigraphic material and written
texts commemorating the dead in the archaic and classical periods,
including grave epigrams, threnoi, tragedy and Athenian epitaphioi.
These texts reveal the non-linear development of Greek literacy and
offer insight into the ongoing influence of lament in diverse
poetic genres and the evolving uses of death and mourning in
different media. In particular the discussion focuses on the role
of writing in commemorating soldiers and the evolution of the
written memorial into a historical and civic medium of
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