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Description - Death and Burial in the Roman World by J.M.C. Toynbee

Ranging throughout the Roman World - from Rome to Pompeii, Britain to Jerusalem - this text examines Roman funeral practices from a variety of perspectives. Looking at Roman beliefs about death and the afterlife, it is revealed that few Romans believed in the "Elysian Fields" of poetic invention. The book contains a description of the rituals associated with burial and mourning: commemorative meals at the gravesite were common, with some tombs having built-in kitchens and rooms where family could stay overnight. Also included are descriptions of the layout of the cemeteries, the tomb types of both the rich and poor, and the types of grave markers and monuments as well as tomb furnishings.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801855078
ISBN-10: 0801855071
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 4-Oct-1996
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - J.M.C. Toynbee

J. M. C. Toynbee was Lawrence Professor of Classical Archaeology at Cambridge University and an honorary Fellow of Newnham College. Before her death in 1985, she served as a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Numismatic Society, and as a member of the faculty of the British School in Rome. She authored numerous articles and books, including Art in Roman Britain, The Art of the Romans, Roman Historical Portraits, and Roman Life and Art in Britain.

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