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Author Borbonus, D. (Dorian)
Title Columbarium tombs and collective identity in Augustan Rome / Dorian Borbonus, University of Dayton.
Imprint New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Author Borbonus, D. (Dorian)
Subject Tombs -- Italy -- Rome.
Architecture and society -- Italy -- Rome.
Urn burial -- Social aspects -- Italy -- Rome.
Rome -- History -- Augustus, 30 B.C.-14 A.D.
Description 1 online resource (xvi, 294 pages) : illustrations
Summary "Columbarium tombs are among the most recognizable forms of Roman architecture and also among the most enigmatic. The subterranean collective burial chambers have repeatedly sparked the imagination of modern commentators, but their origins and function remain obscure. Columbarium Tombs and Collective Identity in Augustan Rome situates columbaria within the development of Roman funerary architecture and the historical context of the early Imperial period. Contrary to earlier scholarship that often interprets columbaria primarily as economic burial solutions, Dorian Borbonus shows that they defined a community of people who were buried and commemorated collectively. Many of the tomb occupants were slaves and freed slaves, for whom collective burial was one strategy of community building that counterbalanced their exclusion in Roman society. Columbarium tombs were thus sites of social interaction that provided their occupants with a group identity that, this book shows, was especially relevant during the social and cultural transformation of the Augustan era"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Studying columbaria as a historical phenomenon -- Tradition and innovation in the architectural design of columbaria -- Making and breaking the rules: the use and evolution of columbaria -- Reading between the lines: the vocabulary of columbarium epitaphs -- Finding niches in society: the occupants.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781139870894 (electronic bk.)
1139870890 (electronic bk.)
9781139381680 (electronic bk.)
1139381687 (electronic bk.)
9781306498142 (hardback)
1306498147 (hardback)
OCLC # 871258148
Additional Format Print version: Borbonus, D. (Dorian). Columbarium tombs and collective identity in Augustan Rome 9781107031401 (DLC) 2013027343 (OCoLC)854512625

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