Classical Greek burial rites as evident through classical mythology
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...Burial Rites as Evident through ical Mythology At the end of The Illiad, Homer writes about the funeral that was given to Hector. Hector, killed in an honorable duel with Achiles, was given back to his family dead with a promise from Achilles that the war would pause while they buried his body. The passage, from translation, reads “Achilles gave his word,/At my dismission, that twelve days he would keep sheathed his sword,” (Warner, Mabie, Warner, and Runkle 7568). This indicated that the length of time needed to mourn a prince of Troy was twelve days. On the tenth day, they lit a funeral pyre and burned the body of Hector. While the body of Hector was around for more time than... or thrown...