Funerary Monuments and Collective Identity: From Roman Family to Christian Community

  title={Funerary Monuments and Collective Identity: From Roman Family to Christian Community},
  author={Ann Marie Yasin},
  journal={The Art Bulletin},
  pages={433 - 457}
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  • Published 1 September 2005
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Collective funerary monuments were common in the Roman world. In comparison, however, with early Imperial tombs, which memorialized individuals primarily in terms of their status within the family and served as vehicles for the self-presentation of the household group, Early Christian burial basilicas in North Africa of the fourth to sixth centuries CE redefined the concept of family. By gathering the graves of unrelated Christians into a common space, these churches commemorated them with… 

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Generosus pre(s)b(iter)"; no. 25: "Octavianus zac(onus)"; no. 29: "Isportella zaconus

  • Haidra I: tomb

Compare Figures 29 and 12 and 30 and 21

  • Becherches aHaidra

See especially J. Scheid's fascinating discussion of the symbols and purificatory rituals of the family during the mourning period

  • Paulus's Epitome of Festus defines the days following burial as purifying the family: Festus, De verf>orum 180
  • 1984

426-28, traces the chronology and offers a tentative explanation for the simultaneous reduction to a single-name system among ordinary citizens and the "tenacious

    Egiptius di(aco)n(us)"; no. 57

      The only significant exception from North Africa seems to be the burial church at ancient Pupput (modem Hamrnarnet