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Columbarium Tombs and Collective Identity in Augustan Rome (Hardback)

Dorian Borbonus

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ISBN 10: 1107031400 / ISBN 13: 9781107031401
Edité par CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom, 2014
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Language: English . Brand New Book. Columbarium tombs are among the most recognizable forms of Roman architecture and also among the most enigmatic. The subterranean collective burial chambers have repeatedly sparked the imagination of modern commentators, but their origins and function remain obscure. Columbarium Tombs and Collective Identity in Augustan Rome situates columbaria within the development of Roman funerary architecture and the historical context of the early Imperial period. Contrary to earlier scholarship that often interprets columbaria primarily as economic burial solutions, Dorian Borbonus shows that they defined a community of people who were buried and commemorated collectively. Many of the tomb occupants were slaves and freed slaves, for whom collective burial was one strategy of community building that counterbalanced their exclusion in Roman society. Columbarium tombs were thus sites of social interaction that provided their occupants with a group identity that, this book shows, was especially relevant during the social and cultural transformation of the Augustan era. N° de réf. du libraire AAA9781107031401

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Titre : Columbarium Tombs and Collective Identity in...

Éditeur : CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom

Date d'édition : 2014

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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Columbarium tombs are among the most recognizable forms of Roman architecture and also among the most enigmatic. The subterranean collective burial chambers have repeatedly sparked the imagination of modern commentators, but their origins and function remain obscure. Columbarium Tombs and Collective Identity in Augustan Rome situates columbaria within the development of Roman funerary architecture and the historical context of the early Imperial period. Contrary to earlier scholarship that often interprets columbaria primarily as economic burial solutions, Dorian Borbonus shows that they defined a community of people who were buried and commemorated collectively. Many of the tomb occupants were slaves and freed slaves, for whom collective burial was one strategy of community building that counterbalanced their exclusion in Roman society. Columbarium tombs were thus sites of social interaction that provided their occupants with a group identity that, this book shows, was especially relevant during the social and cultural transformation of the Augustan era.

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Columbarium Tombs and Collective Identity in Augustan Rome is the first book-length treatment of the columbarium tomb, a prominent but neglected type of collective burial monument in Imperial Rome. Detailed analyses of tomb architecture and funerary inscriptions reveal their innovative design and communal function. The book characterizes columbaria as a phenomenon of the Augustan reign and explains their peculiar design with the needs of their typical occupants, slaves and freedmen, in this transitional time period. It also traces their changing usage over time and relates this to concurrent changes in Roman commemorative culture.

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