A Short Bibliography on Death, Grief and Burial in Late Antiquity

Compiled by Steve Muhlberger, Nipissing University

from suggestions made by the readers of LT-ANTIQ in March, 2000

Originally posted April 8, 2000

Online Bibliographies of Late Antiquity

A reader of the discussion list LT-ANTIQ asked about rituals surrounding death in Late Antiquity and other readers suggested the following works:

Alexiou, Margaret.   The ritual lament in Greek tradition (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1974).

Becker, Hansjakob and Hermann Uhlein, eds.  Liturgie im Angesicht des Todes. Judentum und
Ostkirchen (St. Ottilien: EOS, 1997).  See esp. Peter Plank's paper on the Byzantine case (pp. 773-819).

Davies, J. Death, burial and rebirth in the religions of Antiquity. Religion in the first christian centuries (Andover: Routledge, 1999).

Gregg, R. Consolation philosophy: Greek and Christian Paideia in Basil and the two Gregories. Patristic monograph series 3 (Cambridge: Philadelphia Patristic Foundation,  1975).

Holst-Warhaft, Gail.  Dangerous voices : women's laments and Greek literature ( London: Routledge, 1992).

Hopkins, Keith Death and Renewal (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983). See  esp. pp. 117-26.

Rush, A.C. Death and Burial in Christian Antiquity. Catholic University of America
Studies in Christian Antiquity, 1 (Washington, 1941).

Toynbee, J.M.C. Death and Burial in the Roman World (Ithaca: Cornell U. Press, 1971).