Memory and Mourning: Studies on Roman Death

Hope, Valerie M. and Huskinson, Janet eds. (2011). Memory and Mourning: Studies on Roman Death. Oxford: Oxbow Books.



Death is a life crisis, a time of change and transformation, for the dead and the bereaved. Thus how dying, death and death rituals are used, described, presented and interpreted is fundamental to any society. This volume includes ten chapters, from expert contributors, which explore funerary rituals and commemoration in the Roman world, focusing upon the themes of memory and mourning. How were the memories of the dead constructed and contested; what role did funerals, oratory and history writing play in promoting the names of the dead; how were the dead mourned and commemorated?

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