Similarities between Burial Systems of Ancient Greece and Modern Day

In class we spoke about the system used in Ancient Greece for burial procedures and mourning practices of soldiers. We talked about how much more emphasis was placed on the how all of the soldiers being honored collectively died in the most honorable way possible by dying to defend their state. Not much of the emphasis was placed on each individual’s life and how he interacted with and touched other people while not on the battle field. Although we spoke about how modern burial practices involve a more intimate relationship with the deceased individual, I would like to argue that many times this is not the case. Today many families of many soldiers are only involved in a few days of mourning for the lost individual. These include a couple of days for a wake to receive guests and one day for a funeral and burial. After that is taken care of, the individual is slowly forgotten and many times memorial services are held for an entire troop of solider or for deceased veterans in which someone of political or military prominence speaks on behalf of all of the families discussing how each person among the group of deceased individuals died in the line of duty in order to protect their country and better support those living there. This why I believe that much of what we think is different really has not changed between then and now.

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One Response to Similarities between Burial Systems of Ancient Greece and Modern Day

  1. rmcmanmo says:

    with the very nature of soldier deaths and the agenda of those in command, when it comes to memorial services the shear number plays as a much stronger card to help justify any actions taken rather than individual accounts. In fact if we brought up the fact that John Doe actually died in a delivery car but the rest of the soldiers died in combat we take some of the strength away from our argument that the warring was justified.

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