Death, Burial and Rebirth in Religions of Antiquity

ISBN-10: 0415129915
ISBN-13: 9780415129916
Edition: 1999
Authors: Jon Davies
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Description: Drawing on the sociological theory of Max Weber, this volume charts the significance of death to the emerging religious cults in the pre-Christian and early Christian world.

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List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 8/3/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Drawing on the sociological theory of Max Weber, this volume charts the significance of death to the emerging religious cults in the pre-Christian and early Christian world.

Jon Davies is a writer and curator based in Toronto. His writing has appeared in C Magazine, Canadian Art, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, Animation Journal, Cinema Scope, Xtra! and many other publications. He has also contributed book chapters on filmmaker Todd Haynes and artists Candice Breitz, Luis Jacob, Ryan Trecartin, and Daniel Barrow. He has curated numerous screenings for the artists' film and video exhibitor Pleasure Dome, and for various venues in Toronto from Gallery TPW and Vtape to the Images Festival and Inside Out, as well as internationally. He most recently curated the traveling retrospective 'People Like Us: The Gossip of Colin Campbell' for the Oakville Galleries, Ontario. He is currently Assistant Curator of Public Programs at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.

Preface and Acknowledgements
Introduction
Death in the Ancient Near East
Osiris and Isis
Zoroaster, Ahura Mazda and Ahriman
Canaanites and Mesopotamians
Mere Texts or Living Realities?
From Caves and Rock-Cut Tombs to Judaism
The General Archaeology of the Ancient Near East
Judaism
Burying the Jewish Dead
Good Luck with Your Resurrection!
Romans and Greeks
Roman and Greek Philosophies of Death
Roman Religion and Roman Funerals
Ovid's 'ever-Varying Forms'
Ovid's 'bonds of Love and Duty'
Christians, Martyrs, Soldiers, Saints
Christian Burial
The Nature of Martyrdom
Appendix
Bibliography
Index

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