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Bird-women on the Harpy Monument from Xanthos, Lycia: sirens or harpies

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The initial identification of the bird-women on the Harpy Monument as the eponymous 'harpies' has long been superseded by the identification of the creatures as sirens. The small figures they are shown carrying have often been seen as eidola or souls of the deceased. This in turn has led to the idea that one of the functions of sirens was to transport the souls of the deceased to the afterlife. However, there is every reason to believe that the images show an abduction image, related to co...

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Published
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Not peer reviewed

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Classics Faculty
Sub department:
Ancient History & Classical Arch
Oxford college:
Somerville College
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Publisher:
Archaeopress Publisher's website
Pages:
145 – 153
Host title:
Essays in Classical Archaeology for Eleni Hatzivassiliou 1977-2007
Publication date:
2008-01-01
ISBN:
9781903767054

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