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Author Edwards, Catharine.

Title Death in ancient Rome / Catharine Edwards.

Published New Haven [Conn.] ; London : Yale University Press, [2007]


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 UniM Bail High Use  306.90937 EDWA  TWO HOUR LOAN  AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 287 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [268]-281) and index.
Contents Introduction : dying a Roman death -- 1. Dying for Rome? : the glorious death of a commander -- 2. Death as spectacle : looking at death in the arena -- 3. Fighting the fear of death -- 4. Defiance, complicity and the politics of self-destruction -- 5. Tasting death -- 6. A feminine ending? -- 7. Laughing at death? : Christian martyrdom.
Summary "For the Romans, the manner of a person's death was the most telling indication of their true character. Death revealed the true patriot, the genuine philosopher, even, perhaps the great artist - and certainly the faithful Christian. Catharine Edwards draws on the many varied accounts of death in the writings of Roman historians, poets and philosophers, including Cicero, Lucretius, Virgil, Seneca, Petronius, Tacitus, Tertullian and Augustine, to investigate the complex significance of dying in the Roman world."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Death -- Social aspects -- Rome.
Civilization, Ancient.
Rome -- History.
Rome -- Social life and customs.
ISBN 0300112084 (hbk.)
9780300112085 (hbk.)