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Depicting the Dead

Self-Representation and Commemoration on Roman Sarcophagi with Portraits

A part of the series Aarhus Studies in Mediterranean Antiquity (11) , and the subject areas and

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333 pages ill.
ISBN 978 87 7124 018 4



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About the book

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


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



Appendix A

Sarcophagi Commemorating Women, Men, Children, and Couples

Appendix B

Sarcophagi with Blank Portraits

Appendix C

Learned Figures with Portraits on Sarcophagi


Sanne Lind Hansen


MA in ethnography and classical archeology and trained at the Danish School of Journalism. Sanne primarily works with anthropology, archeology and early history. She is also responsible for foreign sales and commission agreements, and she was once employed at the National Museum (Antiquities).

Sanne Lind Hansen


Telephone: + 45 53 55 07 59


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