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The Kerameikos was the name of the deme or section of Athens northwest of the Acropolis. Technically, it includes an extensive area both within and outside of the city walls. The "inner Kerameikos" (from the Greek Agora to the Dipylon and Sacred Gates) was the "potter's quarter" of the city.  The "outer Kerameikos" (from the city walls towards the Academy), included the famous cemetery and the "demosion sema" (public burial monument) where Perikles delivered his funeral oration in 431 B.C.

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  • Kerameikos: Ergebnisse der Ausgrabung, I-XIV. Berlin and Munich. Official publications of the excavations in the Kerameikos conducted by the German Archaeological Institute.
  • Clairmont, C.W. 1993-1995. Classical Attic Tombstones (8 vols), Berlin.
  • Knigge, U. 1991. The Athenian Kerameikos: History, Monuments, Excavations, Athens.

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