Columbarium Tombs and Collective Identity in Augustan Rome by Dorian Borbonus

By Dorian Borbonus

Columbarium tombs are one of the such a lot recognizable sorts of Roman structure and likewise one of the so much enigmatic. The subterranean collective burial chambers have many times sparked the mind's eye of contemporary commentators, yet their origins and serve as stay vague. Columbarium Tombs and Collective id in Augustan Rome situates columbaria in the improvement of Roman funerary structure and the old context of the early Imperial interval. opposite to prior scholarship that regularly translates columbaria basically as fiscal burial strategies, Dorian Borbonus indicates that they outlined a group of people that have been buried and venerated jointly. some of the tomb occupants have been slaves and freed slaves, for whom collective burial was once one technique of group development that counterbalanced their exclusion in Roman society. Columbarium tombs have been hence websites of social interplay that supplied their occupants with a gaggle identification that, this publication indicates, used to be specially proper throughout the social and cultural transformation of the Augustan period.

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