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date: 18 May 2021

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It has been estimated that of all surviving Latin and Greek inscriptions, between two thirds and three quarters are epitaphs. The chapter discusses the typology, chronology, and regional variation of Roman funerary inscriptions in the physical context of the tombs of which they originally formed a part. It also emphasizes the light that epitaphs throw on self-representation, status and rank, and demography, concluding with a discussion of legal aspects of burial and views of the afterlife as revealed in funerary inscriptions .

Keywords: inscriptions, funerary inscriptions, epitaphs, Roman tombs, cenotaphs, cepotaphia, self-representation, commemoration, dedication, demography, Roman law, views of the afterlife, Rome, Italy, Roman provinces

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