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Unformatted text preview: For the Romans, death was a part of life they took for granted. They believed that the dead would come to haunt them back if they did not offer them with goods from their previous life. Rituals of purification and expiation were also carried out. Until the first century A.D the custom was to cremate the dead and gather their ashes in urns both expensive and decorated or second hand pots. These pots and urns were stored in a tomb or buried in a cemetery. For the Romans, death meant contamination and thus obligated the living to carry out rituals of purification and expiation. Moreover, it was thought that depriving a body of proper burial would have negative repercussions on the destiny of the soul of the deceased. Until the first century A.D., the custom was to cremate the dead and gather their ashes in urns which were walled inside the tombs or buried in the cemetery. The burial spot was marked by a symbol. A coin was placed in the urn to pay Charon for the souls passage to the underworld. A symbol....
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- Spring '97