Scientifically accurate, three-dimensional digital representations of historical environments allow architectural historians to explore viewsheds, movement, sequencing, and other factors. Using real-time interactive simulations of the Roman Forum during the mid-Republic and the early third century CE, Diane Favro and Christopher Johanson examine the visual and sequential interrelationships among audience, actors, and monuments during funeral rituals. Death in Motion: Funeral Processions in the Roman Forum presents a hypothetical reconstruction of the funeral of the Cornelii family in the early second century BCE and argues that the conventional understanding of the staging of the funeral oration may be incorrect. It then reviews the imperial funerals of the emperors Pertinax and Septimius Severus to compare the ways that later building in the Roman Forum altered the ritual experience, controlled participant motion, and compelled the audience to submit to an imperial program of viewing.
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Research Article| March 01 2010
Death in Motion: Funeral Processions in the Roman Forum
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (2010) 69 (1): 12–37.
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Diane Favro, Christopher Johanson; Death in Motion: Funeral Processions in the Roman Forum. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 March 2010; 69 (1): 12–37. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2010.69.1.12
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