Spirits of the Dead

Spirits of the Dead : Roman Funerary Commemoration in Western Europe

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Spirits 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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 154.9 x 236.2 x 25.4mm | 771.12g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 80 in-text illustrations, 3 maps
  • 0199291071
  • 9780199291076

About Senior Lecturer in Roman Archaeology Department of Archaeology University of Sheffield Maureen Carroll

Maureen Carroll is Senior Lecturer in Roman Archaeology, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield.show more

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 Archaeologyshow more

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. Conclusionshow more
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