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Sepulcrum, signa et tituli : quelques observations sur la « consecratio in formam deorum » et sur l’expression du statut des morts dans la Rome impériale

Abstract : The so-called private apotheosis or consecratio in formam deorum is an original phenomenon among funerary practices in Rome from the late 1st century A.D. Mostly visible through tomb sculpture and architecture, it was interpreted as the expression of beliefs relating to post mortem destiny or alternatively as a peculiar way of commemorating the dead. This paper goes back over some of its religious aspects, by replacing them into the frame of the ritualism proper to Roman cult of the dead. It deals especially with two famous cases, Claudia Semne’s mausoleum in Rome and a dedication from Gabii. Despite equivocal and limited sources, we can put forward some hypothesis about the religious implications of these practices, which, in different ways, were aiming at the construction of the status of the dead, not so much in the hereafter as in the community of the living.
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Nicolas Laubry. Sepulcrum, signa et tituli : quelques observations sur la « consecratio in formam deorum » et sur l’expression du statut des morts dans la Rome impériale. Sandrine Agusta-Boularot; Emmanuelle Rosso. Signa et tituli. Monuments et espaces de représentation en Gaule mériodionale sous le regard croisé de la sculpture et de l’épigraphie, 18, Errance; Centre Camille Jullian, pp.160-173, 2015, Bibliothèque d'archéologie méditerranéenne et africaine, 978-2_8772-588-0. ⟨halshs-01315344v2⟩

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