The Resource Reading death in ancient Rome, Mario Erasmo

Reading death in ancient Rome, Mario Erasmo

Label
Reading death in ancient Rome
Title
Reading death in ancient Rome
Statement of responsibility
Mario Erasmo
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • grc
  • lat
  • eng
Summary
"In Reading Death in Ancient Rome, Mario Erasmo considers both actual funerary rituals and their literary depictions in epic, elegy, epitaphs, drama, and prose works as a form of participatory theater in which the performers and the depicters of rituals engage in strategies to involve the viewer/reader in the ritual process, specifically by invoking and playing on their cultural associations at a number of levels simultaneously. He focuses on the associative reading process-the extent to which literary texts allude to funeral and burial ritual, the narrative role played by the allusion to recreate a fictive version of the ritual, and how the allusion engages readers' knowledge of the ritual or previous literary intertexts." "Such a strategy can advance a range of authorial agendas by inviting readers to read and reread assumptions about both the surrounding Roman culture and earlier literature invoked through intertextual referencing. By (re)defining their relation to the dead, readers assume various roles in an ongoing communion with the departed." "Reading Death in Ancient Rome makes an important and innovative contribution to semiotic theory as applied to classical texts and to the emerging field of mortality studies. It should thus appeal to classicists as well as to advanced undergraduate and graduate students in art history and archeology."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Erasmo, Mario
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PA6029.D43
LC item number
E73 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Death in literature
  • Funeral rites and ceremonies
  • Mourning customs
  • Latin literature
  • Mort
  • Littérature latine
  • Tod
  • Brauchtum
  • Literatur
  • Tod (Motiv)
  • Bestattungsritus
  • Death in literature
  • Funeral rites and ceremonies
  • Latin literature
  • Mourning customs
  • Römisches Reich
  • Latein
  • Rome (Empire)
Label
Reading death in ancient Rome, Mario Erasmo
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 243-252) and index
Contents
Reading death -- Playing dead -- Staging death -- Disposing the dead -- Disposing the dead? -- Animating the dead
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 257 p.
Isbn
9780814210925
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008002873
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)191207622
  • (OCoLC)ocn191207622
Label
Reading death in ancient Rome, Mario Erasmo
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 243-252) and index
Contents
Reading death -- Playing dead -- Staging death -- Disposing the dead -- Disposing the dead? -- Animating the dead
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 257 p.
Isbn
9780814210925
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008002873
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)191207622
  • (OCoLC)ocn191207622

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