Ancient Sources: Roman Death (CLA2515)

15 credits

Death is a constant of life, but all cultures deal with death and its aftermath differently – sometimes with profound effects on the way people live their lives. This module uses the material culture of death and burial, supplemented by some complementary extracts from Roman literature, to explore the ways in which Romans dealt with death and sought to give it meaning. We will also show how the material culture of death and burial gives us an insight into the lives of people who are seriously under-represented in our literary sources, including women, children, freedmen, slaves, soldiers, and non-Roman communities in Italy.