Roman Children's Sarcophagi by Janet Huskinson
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Roman Children's Sarcophagi
By Janet Huskinson

Roman Children's Sarcophagi

Their Decoration and Its Social Significance

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Roman Children's Sarcophagi by Janet Huskinson

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This book is the first major study of the themes which were used in the decoration of sarcophagi made for children in Rome and Ostia from the late first to early fourth century AD. It provides a selective catalogue of examples of each type, followed by discussion of how these fit into the general pattern. This allows certain themes to be identified which are virtually exclusive to childre's sarcophagi. The second part of the book discusses the choice of subjects and how these reflect the standing of children in Roman society: to what extent, for instance, was childhood shown as a differentiated stage of life, or was it dominated by aspirations of the adult world? How is the death of a child treated in art? There are separate sections on the role of workshops and customers in the development of child-specific imagery, and on material from the early Christian era, providing some interesting differences resulting from differing attitudes towards children and beliefs about life and death.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198140863
ISBN-10: 019814086X
Format: Hardback
(286mm x 225mm x 19mm)
Pages: 162
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 28-Mar-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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