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Final Farewell: The Culture of Death and the Afterlife

The Spectacle of Death: Funerary Customs in Ancient Greece and Italy

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Head of a Servant Girl from a Grave SteleHead of a Servant Girl from a Grave Stele

Large grave markers, or stelai, with elaborate relief sculpture were popular in the cemeteries of Classical Greece. Over time stelai became larger and more opulent, but a sumptuary law banned them in Athens by 317 B.C.E. When intact, this stele showed a servant girl tending to her deceased mistress.

Head of a Servant Girl from a Grave Stele
Greek, Classical Period
ca. 360 B.C.E.
From the Attic region
Gift of Mr. H. W. Prentis, Jr.

reconstruction of a classical greek cemetery

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