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Ardeleanu, Stefan and Cubas Díaz, Jon C. (Eds.): Funerary Landscapes of the Late Antique “oecumene”: Contextualizing Epigraphic and Archeological Evidence of Mortuary Practices. Proceedings of an International Conference in Heidelberg, May 30–June 1, 2019, Heidelberg: Heidelberg University Publishing, 2023 (Cultural Heritage: Materiality—Text—Edition (KEMTE), Volume 3).


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Stefan Ardeleanu, Jon C. Cubas Díaz (Eds.)

Funerary Landscapes of the Late Antique “oecumene”: Contextualizing Epigraphic and Archeological Evidence of Mortuary Practices. Proceedings of an International Conference in Heidelberg, May 30–June 1, 2019

This volume presents the first pan-Mediterranean panorama of Late Antique mortuary practices, combining and contextualizing an abundant dataset of archaeological and epigraphic evidence. In 17 contributions, a group of international specialists discusses funerary evidence from 14 Late Antique landscapes, in order to show the high diversity of microregional and local customs in funerary cultures as well as the significance of global trends. In this volume various new methodological approaches are applied: the materiality of epitaphs and tombs, their visibility, their accessibility, their perception, their setting within shifting spatial environments, as well as their crucial role within social practices. Therefore, this book fundamentally reshapes our understanding of mortuary habits and the commemoration of the dead during the transitional phase of the Long Late Antiquity.

Stefan Ardeleanu is postdoctoral research associate at the RomanIslam-Center at the University of Hamburg. His main fields of research are urbanism in pre- and early Roman, as well as Late Antique funerary inscriptions from North Africa, stone monuments of Roman Germany, Late Antique commemorative rituals in funerary contexts and modern perceptions of antiquity. He has published books on ancient Numidia and on a museum collection of Roman stone monuments in Mannheim, as well as many contributions to small finds, inscriptions and funerary contexts from Roman to Late Antique North Africa and the Germanies.

Jon C. Cubas Díaz is research associate at the Institute of Christian Archaeology and Byzantine Art History at the University of Göttingen. His current fields of research focus on funerary practices in Late Antique Asia Minor, with a special emphasis on Rough Cilicia, as well as Late Byzantine iconography and sacred architecture. He published a monograph and several articles on Late Roman funerary practices in Cilicia and the Near East, as well as on the Late Byzantine Akathistos Hymnos and intermedial compositional processes.



Table of Contents
Front matter
Abbreviations of Regional Epigraphic and Archaeological Corpora, Databases
Stefan Ardeleanu, Jon C. Cubas Díaz
Trends, Debates and Perspectives
Achim Arbeiter
Materielle, ikonographische und inschriftliche Aspekte
Stefan Ardeleanu
Epitaphs, Burial Types and Rituals in Changing Funerary Landscapes
Davide Bianchi
Privileged and Monastic Burials in the Provinces of “Palaestina” and “Arabia”
Jon C. Cubas Díaz
The Many Faces of the Late Antique Funerary Landscapes of Eastern Rough Cilicia
Jeremy Ott
Evidence from the Late 5th to the Early 7th Century
Norbert Zimmermann
Überlegungen zu Besitzverhältnissen, zur räumlichen Nutzung und zur Grabtypologie anhand der Katakomben Domitilla, SS. Marcellino e Pietro
Antonio Enrico Felle
Alcuni casi esemplari per una ‘epigrafia archeologica’
Fulvia Mainardis
Note sulle necropoli tardoantiche della parte orientale della “Venetia” et “Histria”
Roland Prien
Late Antique Burial Practices on the Rhine Frontier
Jonas Osnabrügge
Inschriften in der Funerärkultur an Oberrhein und südlichem Mittelrhein in Spätantike und Frühmittelalter
Morgane Uberti
Remarques à partir du matériel épigraphique de l’Aquitaine tardo-antique et alto-médiévale
Notes on Contributors
Index locorum
Index rerum