Death Antiquity and Its Legacy
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Description: Personal and yet universal, inevitable and unknowable, death has been a dominant theme in all cultures since earliest times. Remarkably, across the span of several millennia and despite the myriad of cultural profusions since antiquity, we can recognize in the customs of ancient Greece and Rome ceremonies and rituals that have lasting resonance today in both the East and West. For example, preparing the corpse of the deceased, holding a memorial service, the practice of cremation and of burial in "resting places" are all processes that can trace their origin to ancient practices. Such rites-described by Cicero and Herodotus, among others-have defined traditional modern funerals. Yet of late there has been a shift away from classical ritual and somber memorialization as the dead are transformed into spectacles. Impromptu roadside shrines, "virtual" memorials, the embalmment of the deceased in the attitude of daily activity, and even firework displays have come to the fore as new modes of marking, even celebrating, bereavement. What is causing this change, and how do urbanization, economic factors, and the rise of individualism play a part? Mario Erasmo creatively explicates and explores the nexus between classical and contemporary approaches to death and interment. From theme funerals in St. Louis to Etruscan sarcophagi, he offers a rich and insightful discussion of the end of life across the ages.
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Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/1/2012
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
|Death on the periphery|
|Staging the dead|
|Viewing the dead|
|Likening the dead|
|Animating the dead|
|Containing the dead|
|Burials and secondary disposal|
|Location And Commemoration|
|The dead on the periphery|
|The ancient dead on the periphery|
|Gates of the living and the dead|
|Legacy of Roman tombs|
|Cult of the Dead|
|(Self-) Identifying the dead|
|Visiting the dead|
|Drinking and eating with the dead|
|Touring the dead|
|Some Suggestions For Further Reading|