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Libitinarii
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was the name the Romans gave to undertakers because of their seat in the sacred grove of Libitina (qui libitinam faciunt, ILS 6085,94). On behalf of the affected families (or the state: Sen. Dial. 9,11,10), they organized the burials and supplied the necessary implements as well as the personnel (partly slaves: Ulp. Dig. 14,3,5,8), e.g. pollinctores , bearers, musicians (cf. Petron. Sat. 78,6), specialists for burning the corpses (ustores).

The funeral practices in the Roman cities of Italy were apparently similarly organized (ILS 6726 attests a bu…

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Kierdorf, Wilhelm (Cologne), “Libitinarii”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 21 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e703820>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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