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Roman Strigillated SarcophagiArt and Social History$
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Janet Huskinson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199203246

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203246.001.0001

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Strigillated Sarcophagi and the Jewish Community in Rome

Strigillated Sarcophagi and the Jewish Community in Rome

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Roman Strigillated Sarcophagi

Janet Huskinson

Oxford University Press

Strigillated sarcophagi form a high proportion of the (relatively few) sarcophagi associated with the Jewish community in the city of Rome. It is notable that the great majority of them are purely architectural in type, with a central inscription panel and no figured decoration. Some were whole coffins, others fragments that had probably been used as grave markers. Often their inscriptions record the offices held by the dead in their synagogues. (Only a very few examples include a figural element.) This chapter argues that these strigillated sarcophagi suggest a degree of assimilation to social and artistic conventions of the secular city, but at the same time reflect distinct traditions of the Jewish community.

Keywords:   Roman Jews, architectural, inscription, grave markers, coffins, assimilation, different

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