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Aube de la cité, aube des images ?

Abstract : After the end of the Mycenean civilisation, the Greek world experiences a « long pictureless hiatus », lasting from the 11th to the beginnings of the 8th century BC. This situation encounters a turning point in the second quarter of the 8th century, when a world of images suddenly appears on geometric vases. The prevailing subject of these pictures is burial, and mainly the image of the prothesis : the mourning around the exposed body of the dead. In Greek mind, this is a crucial event : through the last honours tributed to the deceased, his social role is defined for ever. This performance was reserved to a restricted group, who was in charge to spread his reputation to other peoples and places. In a moment signed by great social transformations, the aristocratic class feels the urge to establish the image of the burial ceremonies ought to deceased, exhibiting his social rites to an enlarged social body.
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Bruno D’agostino. Aube de la cité, aube des images ?. Mètis - Anthropologie des mondes grecs anciens, Daedalus/EHESS, 2009, N.S.7, pp.313-327. ⟨10.4000/books.editionsehess.2495⟩. ⟨halshs-02090783⟩

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