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7. - Disposing of Depositio (Ad Sanctos)

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 August 2020

Nicola Denzey Lewis
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Claremont Graduate University, California
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Much of the evidence for the Cult of the Saints in Rome is based on the idea of ad sanctos burials: people clamoring to be close to the bodies of the saints. I argue in Chapter 7 that there is no connection, necessarily, between ad sanctos and burial patterns late antique Rome. Burial ad sanctos becomes, then, not a measure of the power of the Cult of the Saints in Rome, but an example of a modern tendency to see burial patterns where they did not necessarily exist.

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Print publication year: 2020

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