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Roman death : dying and the dead in ancient Rome

Author: Valerie M Hope
Publisher: London ; New York : Continuum, 2009.
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You traveller, who make your way along the path, stop I ask - I beg you not to ignore my epitaph. 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 symbolize to the Romans? What does?roman death' tell the modern reader about ancient society? This accessible and engaging  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Hope, Valerie M., 1968-
Roman death.
London ; New York : Continuum, 2009
(DLC) 2010278462
(OCoLC)317254117
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Valerie M Hope
ISBN: 9781441113658 1441113657
OCLC Number: 1042329786
Description: 1 online resource (239 pages, [16] pages of plates) : illustrations.
Contents: Roman Era --
Rome and Empire --
Society and Sources --
Life and Death --
Investigating Roman Death --
1. Facing Mortality --
Philosophy of Death --
Facing the Inevitable --
Memento Mori --
Last Will and Testament --
Wills, Monuments and Memory --
Preserving Reputation and Identity --
Remembering this Life --
2. Death Scenes --
Life Expectancy --
Causes of Death --
Deathbed --
Dying Well --
Suicide --
Bad Deaths --
3. Funerals and Feasts --
Expenses and Undertakers --
Preparing the Body --
Funeral Procession --
Funeral Speeches --
Disposal of the Body --
Feasts --
Funerals as Spectacles --
4. Heaven and Hell --
Presence of the Dead --
Underworld --
Celestial Kingdoms --
Belief and Disbelief --
Ghost and Spirits --
5. Mourning the Dead --
Rules for Mourning --
Ideals for Mourning --
Consolation and Philosophy --
Loss of a Child --
Widows and Widowers --
Literature of Grief --
6. Commemorating and Remembering the Dead --
Cemetery Location and Organization --
Monuments --
Epitaphs --
Preserving Tomb and Memory --
Honour and Dishonour --
Epilogue: From the Deathbed to the Afterlife --
App. 1. Roman Emperors --
App. 2. Guide to Monetary Values --
App. 3. Glossary of some Funerary Terms.
Responsibility: Valerie M. Hope.

Abstract:

You traveller, who make your way along the path, stop I ask - I beg you not to ignore my epitaph. 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 symbolize 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. Impressive in its broad scope and fascinating in the level of detail, Valerie Hope presents the first survey to study death in ancient Rome in such an approachable and authoritative style.

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