n Akroterion - Begrafnisgebruike en doodsbesoedeling in antieke Rome : prosedures en paradokse

Volume 47, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0303-1896
  • E-ISSN: 2079-2883
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Extracted from text ... Akroterion 47 (2002) 27-37 BEGRAFNISGEBRUIKE EN DOODSBESOEDELING IN ANTIEKE ROME: PROSEDURES EN PARADOKSE L Cilliers & F P Retief (Universiteit van die Vrystaat) Funerary practices and death pollution in ancient Rome: Procedures and paradoxes The Romans' attitude towards the dead at the end of the Republic and high tide of the Empire was mainly determined by religious views on the (im)mortality of the soul and the concept of "death pollution". Pollution through contact with the dead was thought to affect interpersonal relationships, hamper official duties and obstruct contact with the gods. However, hygienic considerations arising from possible physical pollution from ..

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