Building a Roman Funeral Pyre

@article{Noy2000BuildingAR,
  title={Building a Roman Funeral Pyre},
  author={David Noy},
  journal={Antichthon},
  year={2000},
  volume={34},
  pages={30 - 45}
}
  • D. Noy
  • Published 1 November 2000
  • History
  • Antichthon
Until the second century A.D., the bodies of most people who died at Rome and in the western provinces of the Empire ended up on a funeral pyre, to be reduced to ashes which would be placed in a grave. The practical arrangements for this process have attracted some attention from archaeologists but virtually none from ancient historians. In this paper I shall try to combine literary and archaeological evidence to reconstruct how the pyre was prepared. I hope that this will provide a fuller… 
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