Memory and Mourning: Studies on Roman Death

Memory and Mourning: Studies on Roman Death


Edited by Valerie Hope, Edited by Janet Huskinson

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  • Publisher: Oxbow Books
  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 168mm x 240mm x 18mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 25 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 184217990X
  • ISBN 13: 9781842179901
  • Illustrations note: 13 b/w figs
  • Sales rank: 1,960,395

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This book explores the themes of memory and mourning from the Roman deathbed to the Roman cemetery, drawing subject matter from the literature, art, and archaeology of ancient Rome. It brings together scholarship on varied aspects of Roman death, investigating connections between ancient poetry, history and oratory and placing these alongside archaeological and textual evidence for Roman funerary and commemorative rituals. A series of case studies centred on individual authors and/or specific aspects of ritual behaviour, traces the story of Roman death: how the inhabitants of the Roman world confronted their mortality, disposed of the dead, remembered the dead and praised the dead, thereby enhancing our understanding of Roman society.

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..".this is a valuable contribution to the field of Roman death."--A.C.L. Emmerson "Journal of Roman Archaeology, 25 (2012) "