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The manager function of this publication is to teach how burials can be utilized as a uniquely informative resource for Greek and Roman social historical past. Burials enable a miles wider variety of inference and perception than the literary texts produced via and for a slender social elite, and by way of learning them intensive Dr. Morris is ready to provide new interpretations of social swap in Graeco-Roman antiquity. the main interdisciplinary value of the ebook lies in its try to holiday down limitations among archaeologists and historians of alternative societies and cultures.

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Popham et al. 1982). 14 The anthropology of a dead world laws trying to do away with our uncertainties are not convincing. 17 Pader is more explicit, suggesting that 'as burial is indeed an integral part of the ritual, and therefore consists of largely nonrandom behaviour which makes sense in terms of what came before and what comes afterwards, it is a viable unit of study' (Pader 1982: 42). Both claims are partly true, but require a leap of faith if they are to be applied in any particular case.

If I may be permitted a little armchair psychologising, we can see why so many classicists have not taken this point. Snodgrass, following Liam Hudson, distinguishes between converging and diverging intellects. The convergers excel at finding the right answer to questions when there is a right answer to find, while divergers do better with open-ended problems. 25 The theoretical base of this book is now in place. I seek to examine social structure, the essence of ancient society, through the medium of ritual.

Usually in studying the social structure of a particular time and place some feature of the archaeological record grabs our attention, and we combine and recombine various ways 34 E. R. Leach 1979: 121; Hodder 1986: 105-17 (Ilchamus), 90-102 (on Collingwood (1946)); Cannon 1989. I discuss Cannon's theories in more detail in chs. 5 and 6 below. 30 The anthropology of a dead world of looking at the data to examine how the rituals work. In chapters 2-6, I look at two major aspects of Greek and Roman burials and outline ways in which they can be used in this kind of structural history.

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