S. Birk, Depicting the Dead. Self-Representation and Commemoration on Roman Sarcophagi

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Stine Birk, Depicting the Dead. Self-Representation and Commemoration on Roman Sarcophagi with Portraits, Aarhus, 2013.

Éditeur : Aarhus University Press
Collection : Aarhus Studies in Mediterranean Antiquity (11)
333 pages
ISBN : 978 87 7124 018 4
kr. 349.95

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.


Table of contents
Introduction
Negotiating Identity on Sarcophagi

Chapter 1
Images for Contemplation

Chapter 2
Exempla Virtutis: Portraits and Self-Representation on Sarcophagi

Chapter 3
Visualising Gender

Chapter 4
Filiae Innocentissimae, Filio Dulcissimo: Commemorating Children

Retrospect

Bibliography

Appendix A
Sarcophagi Commemorating Women, Men, Children, and Couples

Appendix B
Sarcophagi with Blank Portraits

Appendix C
Learned Figures with Portraits on Sarcophagi

Catalouge

 

 

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