Margaret Alexiou, The Ritual Lament in Greek Tradition
Introduction to the Second Edition
Part I. Lament and ritual
Problems and method 1. Tradition and change in antiquity 2. From paganism to Christianity 3. Modern survivals Part II. Gods, cities and men
4. The ritual lament for gods and heroes 5. The historical lament for the fall or destruction of cities 6. The classification of ancient and modern laments and songs to the dead Part III. The common tradition
7. Antiphonal structure and antithetical thought 8. Conventions, themes and formulae 9. The allusive method Bibliography Abbreviations Bibliographical Supplement Plates
(between pp. 128 and 129)
1 Athens, National Museum no. 450, from Pikrodaphne. Athenian black-figure loutrophóros amphora, by the Sappho Painter, c. 500 B.C.
2a Crete, Heraklion Historical Museum no. 285. Panel-painting by an unknown Cretan artist, early seventeenth century, formerly in the Mone Sabbathiana. The thrênos is a local Cretan version of a type similar to the Lampardos thrênos, c. 1600, Athens, Byzantine Museum no. 352.
2b Athens, Byzantine Museum no. 580. Panel-painting, 1699.
3a From the region of Kozani, western Macedonia. Photograph by A. N. Devteraios, Ἐπετηρὶς τοῦ Κέντρου Ἐρεύνης Ἑλλενικῆς Δαογραφίας, 18–19 (1965–6), 258.
3b From Monastiraki, Vonitsa. Photograph by S. D. Peristeris, ibid. 248.
4a and b From Aetos Xiromerou, Aitoloakarnania. Photographs by G. N. Aikaterinidis, ibid. 20–1 (1967–8), 344 and 345.