Encoffined Bodies: on the Role of Decorated Sarcophagi in the Funerary Customs of Roman-period Phoenicia

Activiteit: Academic presentationAcademic


Throughout the Roman Empire material and visual strategies in the form of sarcophagi, architectural structures, portraits, inscriptions, etc. were used in the memorialisation of the dead and in funerary practices. The second and third centuries AD witnessed the peak of stone sarcophagus consumption in the Roman Empire and Phoenicia.
These sarcophagi belonged to a wider funerary phenomenon in Phoenicia between the first and fourth centuries AD: the practice of setting up publicly visible stone funerary monuments on an unprecedented scale. Such a practice is not seen in earlier periods and thus marks a transformation in how locals experienced the funerary space.
By examining material and visual components, this PhD investigates the functionality of the sarcophagi within local funerary customs and ritual activity, particularly, how they played a role in local communities negotiating death and grief.
EvenementstitelNew Approaches to Ancient Art : MARE Expert Meeting
LocatieGroningen , NetherlandsToon op kaart
Mate van erkenningInternational