Roman Tombs and the Art of Commemoration -

Roman Tombs and the Art of Commemoration

Contextual Approaches to Funerary Customs in the Second Century CE

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The history of funerary customs in Rome contains many unanswered questions and controversial debates, especially concerning the significant developments of the second century CE. In this book, distinguished historian Barbara E. Borg employs the full range of material and written evidence to explore four key questions that change our view of Roman society and its values. For the first time, senatorial burial practices can be reconstructed and contrasted with those of other classes. Borg then explains the change from incineration to inhumation as a revival of old Roman mores that accelerated after the example set by Hadrian. In the third chapter, she argues that tombs became prime locations for promoting and displaying long family lines among the elite, which then inspired freedmen to undertake similar commemorative practices. Finally she explores the association of deceased persons with the divine and apotheosis through portraits on divine body shapes and temple tombs.

Product code: 9781108472838

ISBN 9781108472838
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H254xW179xS22
No. Of Pages 368
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Employs the full range of material and written evidence to explore four key questions around Roman funerary customs that alter our view of the society and its values: senators' tombs, the change from incineration to inhumation, tombs showcasing family longevity, and the deceased's association with the divine and apotheosis.