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Title: Why does the Iliad conclude with the funeral of Hektor?

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Subject: Ancient
Author: Collie
Date: July 1, 2009
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The first was the prothesis , the laying out of the body where it is cleansed and prepared for burial. The second was the ekphora (funerary procession)—held before sunrise where women displayed violent exhibitions of grief to please the dead spirit and musicians sang a funeral dirge...

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Once the body had been set alight, libations were made and sacrifices were performed. The mourners would sit down to a funeral feast, called a perideipnon . At the feast, the dead man was said to be present, and the diners would speak only of praise for him...

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