ROOM H

Identity
in the funereal
world

Finds from ancient cemeteries tell stories of people who were once alive: the tombs allow to obtain information on the life of the deceased.

The finds from ancient cemeteries tell stories of people who were once alive. Indeed, the tombs allow to acquire information on the life of the deceased: their social status, bonds of affection and identity. In fact, the portraits of the deceased, the funeral inscriptions and the grave goods bear witness to the way the living reconstructed the identity of the deceased so that their memory would be shared and renewed every day by all. Identity and memory were therefore recreated through an effective system of signs: the more or less truthful portraits or depictions of the deceased, the objects through which social affiliation was recognizable, and the story of their life in writing or pictures.

© Ph. Mauro Mezzarobba
© Ph. Mauro Mezzarobba
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