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Silent attendants: terracotta statues and death rituals in Canosa

D'Angelo, Tiziana; Muratov, Maya


Maya Muratov


Matthew Dillon

Esther Eidinow

Lisa Maurizio


In the Classical world, death rituals were a means of healing for both the family of the deceased and the community that suffered the loss of one of their members, and therefore their correct performance was vital to guarantee private as well as public regeneration of the community. Administering some of these rituals was one of the major responsibilities that women had in antiquity, whether that involved mourning or praying for the deceased, taking care of the corpse, or visiting and bringing offerings to the grave. This chapter discusses a unique corpus of Helle-nistic half-life size terracotta statues of young women from tombs at the Daunian site of Canosa, in south-eastern Italy ( Fig. 4.1 ), in order to elucidate the role that Italic women played within the funerary sphere. 1

Publication Date 2017
Deposit Date Dec 14, 2018
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Pages 65-93
Book Title Women's ritual competence in the Greco-Roman Mediterranean
Chapter Number 4
ISBN 9781472478900
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