Crisis and Ambition : Tombs and Burial Customs in Third-Century CE Rome Hardback
Part of the Oxford Studies in Ancient Culture Representation series
Tombs and burial customs are an exquisite source for social history, as their commemorative character inevitably expresses 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.
While the third century is often largely ignored in social history, it was a transitional period, an era of major challenges - political, economic, and social- which inspired creativity and innovation, and paved the way for the new system of late antiquity. 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, with spectacular monuments for the rich, and a large-scale reappearance of collective burial spaces.
Through a study of terraced tombs, elite monuments, the catacomb nuclei, sarcophagi, and painted image decoration, this volume explores how the third century was an exciting period of experimentation and creativity, a time when non-Christians andChristians shared fundamental ideas, needs, and desires as well as cemeteries, tombs, and hypogea.
Ambition continued to be a driving force and a determining factor in all social classes, who found innovative solutions to the challenges they encountered.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 336 pages, 140 in-text black and white illustrations and 8 pages of colour plates
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 22/08/2013
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9780199672738