Author: Barbara Borg
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Tombs and burial customs are an exquisite source for social history, as their commemorative character determines them to express much of the contemporaneous ideology of a society. This book presents, for the first time, a holistic view of the funerary culture of Rome and its surroundings during the third century AD. Barbara Borg argues that during this time there was, in many ways, a return to practices known from the Late Republic and early imperial period, withspectacular monuments for the rich, and a large-scale reappearance of collective burial spaces. Through a study of terraced tombs, élite monuments, the catacomb nuclei, sarcophagi, and painted imagedecoration, this volume explores how the third century was an exciting period of experimentation and creativity.