From 2.00pm until 5.00pm
At ONLINE ONLY
Roman Funerary Practice and working with Inscriptions
Saturday 21st March 2020 2-5pm £35
The term funus is used to cover everything that happened from the hour of death until the last post-burial rites. These practices were influenced by the notion of pollution and so the living had to carry out acts of purification. This course will look at the various rituals surrounding dying, death, burial and post-burial. It will consider the different types of funerals held for the well off, distinguished persons, the military, emperors and members of their family. Using ancient sources such as Virgil, Ovid and Pliny, we will look at the importance of funerary customs and what they tell us about dying in Rome. The second part of the course will look at how to work with inscriptions on tombstones and what they tell us about men, women and children’s deaths and the way in which they were mourned.