Death in ancient Rome
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Death in ancient Rome a source book by Valerie M. Hope

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Published by Routledge in London, New York .
Written in English


  • Funeral rites and ceremonies -- Rome,
  • Death -- Social aspects -- Rome,
  • Rome -- Religious life and customs

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Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

StatementValerie M. Hope.
LC ClassificationsHQ1073.5.R66 H67 2007
The Physical Object
Paginationp. cm.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL17944524M
ISBN 109780415331586, 9780415331579
LC Control Number2007020941

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The elaborate and inventive slaughter of humans and animals in the arena fed an insatiable desire for violent spectacle among the Roman people. Donald G. Kyle combines the words of ancient authors with current scholarly research and cross-cultural perspectives, as he explores * the origins and historical development of the games * who the victims were and why they were 4/5(1). "Death in Ancient Rome" is an excellent overview of the attitudes and beliefs about death, survival of the soul, and the afterlife of the inhabitants of the Roman Empire, which stretched from modern-day Scotland around the Mediterranean to Turkey. Valerie Hope makes it clear that different cultures varied in their beliefs and practices; however Cited by:   Ancient Rome was a big, busy place, there was a lot of life and so too a lot of death. You might have guessed already that this book is not about most of those deaths but about only a few certain ones, mostly upper class and mostly men, and only those who were written about by either Christians or pagans/5. Book Description. Presenting a wide range of relevant, translated texts on death, burial and commemoration in the Roman world, this book is organized thematically and supported by discussion of recent scholarship. The breadth of material included ensures that this sourcebook will shed light on the way death was thought about and dealt with in Roman society.

For the Romans, the manner of a person's death was the most telling indication of their true character. Death revealed the true patriot, the genuine philosopher, even, perhaps, the great artist--and certainly the faithful Christian. Catharine Edwards draws on the many and richly varied accounts of death in the writings of Roman historians, poets, and philosophers, including . Sourvinou-Inwood’s Reading Greek Death () is wider in scope of Greek cultural material, but her analysis of literary texts is relevant to my study. Catharine Edwards’s Death in Ancient Rome () is more concerned with the act of dying than death ritual, but . Book Review by Thomas A. Timmes. Death in Ancient Rome is not a casual weekend beach read! This is a scholarly book written for academics and serious students of Roman history. I doubt it would hold much appeal to the general public.   From sex and death to spin and shopping, the historical thriller writer digs out the best books to bring the ancient past to – all too recognisable – life Lindsey Davis Wed 6 .

Moving away from some of the great characters in Roman history, Mary Beard’s The Roman Triumph is a radical re-examination of one of Rome’s ancient ceremonies. I have chosen this because a lot of books on Ancient Rome, my own included, generally like to tell stories that take fragments of evidence and piece them together to make a coherent. Get this from a library! Death in ancient Rome. [Catharine Edwards] -- "For the Romans, the manner of a person's death was the most telling indication of their true character. Death revealed the true patriot, the genuine philosopher, even, perhaps the great artist - and. 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. Concerning Death in Ancient Rome the sources include literature such as poetry, letters and philosophical works as well as epitaphs and inscriptions and of course funerary monuments and cemeteries. The first chapter is dedicated to the different ways of dying in Ancient Rome beginning with infant mortality which was pretty high in Ancient Rome.