Amiternum relief (1st c. BC): depiction of a funeral procession; notice the body on a bier, surrounded by family, and preceded by musicians, all carried by slaves
Bust of Divus Julius - Divine Caesar - as Father of his Country; the corona civica (or oak-crown) is a computer restoration
Coin commemorating Caesar's deification: goddess Roma (on right) crowns Caesar, holding a Victory, with his divine star/comet
Display of Caesar's wax effigy and bloody toga, alongside his body; the 'mechanism' mentioned by Appian has here been depicted as a wooden cross, much like those upon which tropaea (or military trophies) would have been been hung, one for every triumph the dead man had been granted (Caesar would have had four); notice the hints of later Christian iconography...
[source: transl. Gavorse, http://www.livius.org/caa-can/caesar/caesar_t10.html]
[source: transl. Carter, http://www.livius.org/caa-can/caesar/caesar_t14.html]
Before you read the following passages, make sure you have read Polybius 6.53-54
Read the funeral eulogy for "Turia", delivered by her husband (Laudatio Turiae), then the following for Murdia, delivered by her son. Both are from the first century BC, and were inscribed on stone, on or near the womenĺ─˘s tombs. As you read, think about these womenĺ─˘s socio-economic status. What in particular is praised? How are these speeches similar to, and different from, those for men?
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