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    DescriptionSpirits of the Dead examines the importance attached to preserving the memory of the dead in the Roman world, and explores the ways in which funerary inscriptions can be used to reconstruct Roman lives, however fragmentarily and imperfectly. It is the only study to examine epigraphic, historical, and archaeological evidence in order to gain insight into the way Romans used funerary texts to establish a dialogue with their own society. Maureen Carroll brings together a large body of material from many geographical areas, shedding light on provincial and regional variation in funerary commemoration and even on the differences between funerary traditions of neighbouring towns.

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    Spirits of the Dead
    Roman Funerary Commemoration in Western Europe
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Maureen Carroll
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 765 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199291076
    ISBN 10: 0199291071

    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BIC subject category V2: HDDK
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    DC22: 937.06
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    DC22: 937
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAR
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    Thema V1.0: NHB, NHC, NKD
    Illustrations note
    80 in-text illustrations, 3 maps
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    07 December 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Maureen Carroll is Senior Lecturer in Roman Archaeology, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield.
    Review quote
    ...an immensely readable but also very scholarly work...This is a delightful book and there is much to be learned from every chapter. David Kennedy, Journal of Archaeological Science ...the broadest study in English of Roman burial practice since Toynbee's 1971 Death and Burial in the Roman World. John Pearce, Journal of Roman Studies Well illustrated with photographs, drawings and maps, this volume explores the significant aspects of life, death and social relationships. Richard Hingley, British Archaeology
    Table of contents
    1. Introduction ; 2. Memory and commemoration ; 3. Anonymity, violation, and memory loss ; 4. Selecting a monument ; 5. Conveying a message ; 6. Causes of death ; 7. Family and household ; 8. Mapping population movement ; 9. Social mobility and social change ; 10. Death on earth, life in heaven ; 11. Conclusion