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H 290 x W 205 mm

212 pages

4 tables, 136 figures (81 plates in colour)

Published Jan 2019

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789690477

Digital: 9781789690484

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Hypogeum; hypogeum of the Aurelii; Rome; catacombs; collegia; women; children; scribae; dining practice; Prometheus

Archaeopress Roman Archaeology 50

The Hypogeum of the Aurelii

A new interpretation as the collegiate tomb of professional scribae

By John Bradley

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This book examines the frescoes of one of the most enigmatic funerary monuments of ancient Rome: the three chambers of the Hypogeum of the Aurelii. This is the first study in modern times to examine all the extant images in detail.



Foreword; Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: Architectural description; Chapter 3: Inscription: who were the Aurelii?; Chapter 4: The depiction of self in the funerary art of Liberti; Chapter 5: Description of the lower cubicula; Chapter 6: Examination of decorative motifs; Chapter 7: Rods of manumission; Chapter 9: Mulier bona vel mala?; Chapter 11: The Aurelii at work; Chapter 12: ‘Adam and Eve’ and ‘Creator’; Chapter 13: Conclusions; Bibliography

About the Author

JOHN W. BRADLEY was born in Birmingham in 1956. He graduated with a degree in Construction and Economics before embarking on a thirty year career in the construction industry primarily in London and the Middle East. During the 1990s he was also involved in environmental politics using his background in industry to challenge the conventional rationale behind many of today’s political and economic decisions. Changing profession in 2005 Dr Bradley gained a first-class degree and Masters in Classics at Royal Holloway College, University of London with dissertations on early Christian art and republican Roman religion. In 2011 he commenced his PhD at the same college, initially under the supervision of Professor Amanda Claridge then Dr Zena Kamash. An initial project on the broader aspects of the evolution of art in the catacombs of Rome ultimately focused on the frescoes that make up the subject of this book when existing theories and explanations appeared unsatisfactory. In addition to his interest in the art of ancient Rome his interests include classical music, military history and environmentalism. He has lived in Brentford, west London for thirty years where he shares a home and allotment with his wife Susan.