Contesting the Past: Hero Cult, Tomb Cult, and Epic in Early Greece

  title={Contesting the Past: Hero Cult, Tomb Cult, and Epic in Early Greece},
  author={Carla M. Antonaccio},
  journal={American Journal of Archaeology},
  pages={389 - 410}
  • C. Antonaccio
  • Published 1 July 1994
  • History
  • American Journal of Archaeology
Greek hero cult has been extensively discussed by both archaeologists and philologists. This paper considers two current hypotheses: one links the development of hero cult in the eighth century B. C. with the circulation of Homeric poetry; the other views hero cult as a transformation of ancestral veneration in the context of the emergent polis. A review of the archaeological evidence for the Iron Age and Early Archaic period suggests that the earliest hero cult in the archaeological record… 

The Cult of the Romantic Hero: Literature and Memorials

: In the West the cult of the remains and relics of heroes is a tradition that can essentially be traced back to Ancient Greece. Nevertheless, when analyzing the re-emergence of the hero cult during

Monumental Writing and the Expansion of Roman Society in the Early Empire

  • G. Woolf
  • History
    Journal of Roman Studies
  • 1996
The vast majority of surviving Roman inscriptions originated in a cultural phenomenon that is characteristic of, and in some senses defines, the early Roman Empire. At the end of the last century


Heroes were prominent fixtures of both town and country. Their cult was moreover both civic and funerary in nature, being celebrated in public, and being centered around the hero's bones. However,

Remembering the Mycenaeans: how the ancient Greeks repurposed their prehistoric past

Supervisory Committee Dr. R. Brendan Burke, (Department of Greek and Roman Studies) Supervisor Dr. Geoffrey Kron, (Department of Greek and Roman Studies) Departmental Member This thesis argues that

Hero-cult in Plato’s Phaedo, Republic and the Laws

Plato’s Phaedo aims to restore the reputation of Socrates by transforming him from a political scapegoat of Athens to a hero of the city who had put him to death. As scholars have shown, the

Herodotus: Histories Book V

One of the most important works of history in Western literature, by the freshest and liveliest of all classical Greek prose authors, Herodotus's Histories is also a key text for the study of ancient

Feasting Practices and Changes in Greek Society from the Late Bronze Age to Early Iron Age

In this thesis I offer a diachronic survey of feasting practices on the Greek mainland from c. 1600 to c. 700, covering the Early Mycenaean era, the palatial period, and the Early Iron Age. I focus

Leaving No Warriors Behind: The Ancient Roots of a Modern Sensibility

The ethos of leaving no one behind has traditionally animated military forces distinguished by elite status, closed cultures, and frequent operational isolation (e.g., the French Foreign Legion, US

Romantic Memorials to the Dead in a Corner of Spain: The Making of the City of Corunna as a Patriotic Mausoleum

ABSTRACT During the first decades of the nineteenth century, the busy north-western Spanish commercial port of Corunna became the stage for a series of memorialization strategies focusing on an

Ezekiel’s Topography of the (Un-)Heroic Dead in Ezekiel 32: 17–32

This essay is an attempt to address several interpretive problems in Ezek 32:17–32 in light of religious ideas prominent in ancient Mediterranean expressions of hero cult. Previous studies have not



Hero-cults in the age of Homer

‘Much hero-cult was directly engendered by the powerful influence of Homeric and other epics.… We so often hear how saga reflects cult that we are in danger of ignoring the reverse truth that cult

Social Diversity in Dark Age Greece

This paper attempts to provide new insights into the nature of Greek society in the Dark Ages (1100–700 B.C.). It re-examines the relationship between the archaeological evidence and the institutions

Two inscribed bronzes from the Menelaion, Sparta

The two bronze objects described and discussed below1 were found on May 28th 1975 at the Menelaion, the ancient site2 some distance east of Sparta, on the high ground that immediately overhangs the

The Dark Age of Greece (Edinburgh 1971), followed by V

  • 1971

199-203 on chthonic cults

  • 1985

West's point that hemitheoi refers to parentage, rather than to divinity; M.L

  • Nagy (supra n
  • 1993