Date Thesis Awarded


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Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)


Classical Studies


Molly Swetnam-Burland

Committee Members

Molly Swetnam-Burland

Jessica Stephens

Michael Daise


This thesis investigates hybridity and identity within the funerary culture of the indigenous peoples of pre-Roman Italy called the Lucanians. I argue that archeological evidence from Paestan-Lucanian necropleis, primarily consisting of funerary art, objects of the grave assemblage, and tomb architecture, reveals the emergence of a cultural diversity which does not reflect assimilation to a supposedly dominant cultural group. I suggest that the presence of Greek cultural influences in Lucanian tombs did not signal the dissipation of native Italic culture, but rather a dexterous negotiation of that Italic identity with local variation. This research interprets Greek influence found in Lucanian funerary culture as something which represents processes of self-locating by a people identifying with multiple cultural sources which derive from varied groups of Italic peoples and Greek colonists.

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