Roman tombs and the art of commemoration : contextual approaches to funerary customs in the second century CE / Barbara E. Borg, University of Exeter.
- Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2019. , ©2019
xxviii, 341 pages ; 26 cm
- Funeral rites and ceremonies -- Rome.
Burial -- Rome.
Tombs -- Rome.
Sepulchral monuments -- Rome.
Rome -- History -- Antonines, 96-192.
Funeral rites and ceremonies.
- 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.
- In search of deceased senators
Senatorial tombs after the late Republic: Augustus and a new decorum
Senatorial tombs of the second century
Reviving tradition in Hadrianic Rome: From incineration to inhumation
Inhumation from the Republican to the Hadrianic period
Family matters: The long life of Roman tombs
Straddling borderlines: Divine connotations in funerary commemoration
Portraits in divine costume
- Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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