Title: Carpe Diem
Other Titles: Remarks on the Cultural Background od Herodotus II.78
Authors: Willems, Harco
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Uitgeverij Peeters
Host Document: Elkaband Beyond. Studies in Honour of Luc Limme pages:511-520
Abstract: Herodotus II.78 and other Classical texts state that during Egyptian guest meals, a statuette showing a corpse is shown to the guests to urge them to enjoy life as long as possible. It is argued that this custom goes back to guest meals such as were celebrated in Theban tombs of the late Second Inter-mediate Period and early New Kingdom. In this era, festive meals were celebrated in tombs. On these occasions, so-called stick shabtis were symbolically buried in miniature tombs. It is argued that these shabtis are the precursors of the statuettes depicting corpses referred to by Herodotus
ISBN: 978-90-429-2239-6
VABB publication type: VABB-4
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IHb
Appears in Collections:Near Eastern Studies, Leuven

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