Margaret Alexiou's The Ritual Lament in Greek Tradition, first published in 1974, has long since been established as a classic in several fields. This is the only generic and diachronic study of learned and popular lament and its socio-cultural contexts throughout Greek tradition in which a great diversity of sources are integrated to offer a comprehensive and penetrating synthesis. Its interdisciplinary orientation and broad scope have rendered The Ritual Lament in Greek Tradition an indispensable reference work for classicists, byzantinists, neohellenists, folklorists, and anthropologists. Now a second edition, revised by Dimitrios Yatromanolakis and Panagiotis Roilos, has been made available. This new edition also includes a valuable up-to-date bibliography on ritual lament and death in Greek culture.
Part 1 Lament and Ritual Chapter 2 Tradition and change in antiquity Chapter 3 From paganism to Christianity Chapter 4 Modern survivals Part 5 Gods, cities, and men Chapter 6 The ritual lament for gods and heroes Chapter 7 The historical lament for the fall or destruction of cities Chapter 8 The classification of ancient and modern laments and songs to the dead Part 9 The common tradition Chapter 10 Antiphonal structure and antithetical thought Chapter 11 Conventions, themes, and formulae Chapter 12 The allusive method