Roman Death: Dying and the Dead in Ancient Rome

Roman Death: Dying and the Dead in Ancient Rome


By (author) Valerie M. Hope

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  • Publisher: Hambledon Continuum
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 234mm x 28mm | 581g
  • Publication date: 15 August 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1847250386
  • ISBN 13: 9781847250384
  • Illustrations note: 12 bw illustrations
  • Sales rank: 523,950

Product description

This is an original study of the role and rituals of death in Roman civilization. Death never ceases to fascinate the living and in Roman society, where the mortality was high, people were forced to confront the brevity of life and the impact of death. What did death mean and symbolise to the Romans? What does 'Roman death' tell the modern reader about ancient society? This accessible and engaging book ranges from suicides, funeral feasts, necromancy and Hades to mourning, epitaphs and posthumous damnation.

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Author information

Dr Valerie Hope is a Lecturer in the Department of Classical Studies at the Open University.

Review quote

'A comprehensive survey of attitudes to dying in Rome ... Valerie Hope takes us on a journey that starts with attitudes to mortality, through death scenes and funerals, and ends with mourning and commemorations of the dead.' - BBC History Magazine

Table of contents

Introduction; 1: Facing Mortality; 2: Death Scenes; 3: Funerals and Feasts; 4: Heaven and Hell; 5: Mourning the Dead; 6: Remembering the Dead.