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Greek Women and Death, ancient and modern: A comparative Analysis


"To do the project, a training period in Greece is essential, which will also add scientific competencies to my career. The central theme of the project is women's role in connection with death-cult in ancient and modern Greece. The research is based on studies in ancient history combined with ethnographic fieldwork in modern Greece. Assuming that death-rituals have a focal and lasting importance, and are reflecting the gender relations within a society, the institutions surrounding death may function as a critical vantage point from which to view society. The comparison will be based on religious festivals, which are dedicated to deceased persons and on other death-rituals. Using laments, burials and the ensuing memorial rituals, the study will analyse the relationship between the death-cult dedicated to deceased mediators in ancient and modern society. I assume that the official ideological rituals are influenced by the domestic rituals people perform for their own dead, and vice versa, that the modern domestic rituals reflect the public performances. As this cult has many parallels with the ancient official cult, the question will be: Can an analysis of the modern public and domestic rituals in combination with ancient sources tell us more about the ancient death-cult? What can such an analysis tell us about the relationship between the domestic death-cult and the official? Since the practical performance of the domestic rituals is and probably was in the hands of women, it is crucial to discover what their influence is and was and hence, to illuminate the real power relations between women and men. Thus, this project offers a new contribution to earlier presentations of the Greek ""reality"", but mainly from the female perspective, which is significant since men produced most of the ancient sources. Therefore, the project has an approach of great importance for the study of Ancient and Modern Greek Culture, Comparative Cultural Studies and Gender Research."

Field of science

  • /humanities/history and archaeology/history/ancient history

Call for proposal

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Funding Scheme

MC-IEF - Intra-European Fellowships (IEF)


6 Christou Lada Str
10561 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 204 910
Administrative Contact
Efi Kafentzi (Ms.)