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Image and Text in the Jewish Epitaphs of Late Ancient Rome

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This paper aims to establish for the first time the relationship between the verbal and visual elements of the Jewish epitaphs from 3d/4th-century C.E. Rome. A close analysis of the approximately 500 usable inscriptions leads to the conclusion that, the Jewish character of most of the images notwithstanding, the key operative factor at every social level was Roman memorialisation practice. The study thus throws considerable light on the acculturation of Rome’s Jews in Late Antiquity. Two appendices, in which all the symbols that occur are listed individually and by cluster, complete the study.

Affiliations: 1: University of Edinburgh Scotland, UK, Email: Margaret.Williams@ed.ac.uk

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2011-01-01
2016-12-07

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