Columbarium Tombs and Collective Identity in Augustan Rome
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.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
aediculae Appia archaeological aristocratic associations barrel vault Brizio burial chamber burial collective burial niches Caldelli and Ricci Campana catacombs cemetery chronological collective tombs collegia collegium Colombario Maggiore colum columbarium inscriptions columbarium occupants Columbarium of Livia Columbarium of Pomponius Columbarium of Statilii commemoration construction cremation decoration demographic elite epigraphic Esquiline Excavation and preservation freedmen funerary altars funerary culture funerary inscriptions Ghezzi Hesberg ibid identified individual inhumation interpretation Labicana legal status loculus manumission marble cinerary urns marble urns nomina nonelite ofthe opus opus reticulatum opus testaceum painted podium Pomponius Hylas population Porta Capena probably reconstructed reflect relationship republican Roman funerary Rome Rome’s rows of niches second century C.E. semicircular niches social Stertinius subterranean columbaria suggests tabula ansata terminus ante quem theVia theVigna Codini tion titulus inscription umbaria urban Via Appia Via Casilina Via Labicana Via Latina Vigna Codini cat visual