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Roman Strigillated Sarcophagi: Art and Social History

Janet Huskinson


This book studies of Roman strigillated sarcophagi, which are the largest group of decorated ancient Roman sarcophagi to survive. Characterized by panels of curved fluting—hence the description ‘strigillated’, after the curved strigil used by Roman bathers to scrape off oil—and limited figure scenes, they were produced from the mid-second to the early fifth century AD, and so cover a critical period in Rome, from empire to early Christianity. The book focuses on their rich potential as an historical source for exploring life in ancient Rome, approaching them in terms of social and cultural val ... More

Keywords: strigillated sarcophagi, historical source, social history, production, use, viewing, figures, reception, late nineteenth-century Rome, fountains

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199203246
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203246.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janet Huskinson, author
Visiting Research Fellow, the Department of Classical Studies, The Open University