Hope, Valerie M.
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This paper looks at how and why age at death was revealed for Roman soldiers. The majority of Latin epitaphs do not include an age at death for the deceased. When given, age statements characterise certain social groups, especially children. The recording of adult ages is more unusual, thus rendering the common inclusion of age at death for Roman soldiers particualarly striking. Why was age at death recorded for military men? What does this suggest about the life and death of soldiers and the military life course? This paper focusses in particular on military epitaphs from the North-West provinces of the Roman empire and undertakes a statistical analysis of age statements, evaluating the worth of the epitaphs for demography, social history and life course studies.
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|Copyright Holders:||2007 Journal of Roman Archaeology|
|Keywords:||Rome; Roman; provinces; epitaphs; monuments; age; soldiers; army; lifecourse; life expectancy|
|Academic Unit/Department:||Arts > Classical Studies
|Depositing User:||Valerie Hope|
|Date Deposited:||19 Sep 2007|
|Last Modified:||14 Jan 2016 11:31|
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Age and the Roman army: the evidence of tombstones. (deposited 31 May 2007)
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