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Depicting the Dead (Hardback)

Self-Representation & Commemoration on Roman Sarcophagi with Portraits

Ancient History > Rome & the Roman Provinces > Roman Archaeology

Imprint: Aarhus University Press
Pages: 333
ISBN: 9788771240184
Published: 28th February 2013
Casemate UK Academic

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The present monograph takes its place in a now well-established tradition of seeing sarcophagi as visual statements of deceased individuals that used allegories to plot lives and personal memories against mythological and other idealised narratives. It focuses on Roman sarcophagi, often referred to as stadtrömisch, which reflects the fact that the field has traditionally been dominated by German scholars. The aim of the book is twofold: Firstly, it is an exploration of how to read Roman sarcophagi, which starts from those with portraits, but which can contribute more broadly to the study of sarcophagi in general. Secondly, this book investigates gender values as represented through images and how to locate the individual in standardised iconography.

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