Death and Burial in the Roman World

Death and Burial in the Roman World

by Jocelyn M. Toynbee
     
 

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Never before available in paperback, J. M. C. Toynbee's study is the most comprehensive book on Roman burial practices. Ranging throughout the Roman world from Rome to Pompeii, Britain to Jerusalem — Toynbee's book examines funeral practices from a wide variety of perspectives. First, Toynbee examines Roman beliefs about death and the afterlife, revealing that

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Never before available in paperback, J. M. C. Toynbee's study is the most comprehensive book on Roman burial practices. Ranging throughout the Roman world from Rome to Pompeii, Britain to Jerusalem — Toynbee's book examines funeral practices from a wide variety of perspectives. First, Toynbee examines Roman beliefs about death and the afterlife, revealing that few Romans believed in the Elysian Fields of poetic invention. She then describes 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. Toynbee also includes descriptions of the layout and finances of 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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<:st> Reprint of the 1971 edition (which is cited in "BCL3"). Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9780801405938
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1971
Series:
Aspects of Greek and Roman Life Ser.
Pages:
336

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