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Author Hope, Valerie M., 1968-

Title Roman death : dying and the dead in ancient Rome / Valerie M. Hope.

Publication Info. London ; New York : Continuum, 2009.

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Description 1 online resource (239 pages, [16] pages of plates) : illustrations.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-234) and index.
Summary 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.
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.
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Subject Funeral rites and ceremonies -- Rome.
Death -- Social aspects -- Rome.
Rome -- Religious life and customs.
Bereavement -- Social aspects -- Rome.
Burial -- Rome.
Epitaphs -- Rome.
Sepulchral monuments -- Rome.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Hope, Valerie M., 1968- Roman death. London ; New York : Continuum, 2009 9781847250384 (DLC) 2010278462 (OCoLC)317254117
ISBN 9781441113658 (electronic bk.)
1441113657 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. 99936356080