Emotional expressions on Greek tombstones from the Hellenistic period — 323-31 B.C. — help increase our understanding of social communication and cultural values. Despite the potential of the tombstones as a source for history of emotions, this has rarely been explored by researchers. Researchers now conclude that the illustrations and inscriptions reflect people’s way of relating to death, and that the tombstone was a means to deal with the grief of losing a loved one.
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