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ISBN-13: 978-0801446771
ISBN-10: 0801446775
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"The importance of Éric Rebillard's book lies in that it establishes beyond any doubt that in the early centuries the Church was not concerned with taking control of the care and commemoration of the dead, but treated these matters as being within the sphere of decisions taken by families and subject to established custom and law."―Journal of Ecclesiastical History



"Éric Rebillard amasses a vast array of second- through fifth-century Christian literature in an attempt to systematically dispel any notion that Church institutions had much to do with the dead bodies of their community. Cemetery space, unless it was inhabited by a saint, was not considered sacred, grave robbing was a civil matter, and belief in resurrection of the dead had little influence on the fate of the Christian corpse―these are just some of the conclusions reached in this important revisionist work."―Religious Studies Review



"Éric Rebillard's important work fills a gap in the field of late antiquity by addressing burial customs and the development of early Christian communities in the West. His innovative research integrates complex historical and archaeological sources in a way that changes our perspective of the role of the church in this period. The Care of the Dead in Late Antiquity strips away assumptions about the functioning of the church that derive from later periods and forces us to think about the way in which clerics first began to expand their reach."―Bonnie Effros, University of Florida

"The Care of the Dead in Late Antiquity offers a fresh and challenging examination of how the Church came to be involved in cemeteries, an issue once thought to be closed. Rebillard's important and engaging book will spark serious rethinking of old solutions."―John S. Kloppenborg, University of Toronto

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"Éric Rebillard's important work fills a gap in the field of late antiquity by addressing burial customs and the development of early Christian communities in the West. His innovative research integrates complex historical and archaeological sources in a way that changes our perspective of the role of the church in this period. The Care of the Dead in Late Antiquity strips away assumptions about the functioning of the church that derive from later periods and forces us to think about the way in which clerics first began to expand their reach."-Bonnie Effros, Binghamton University (State University of New York)

"The Care of the Dead in Late Antiquity offers a fresh and challenging examination of how the Church came to be involved in cemeteries, an issue once thought to be closed. Rebillard's important and engaging book will spark serious rethinking of old solutions."-John S. Kloppenborg, University of Toronto

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Product Details

  • Series: Cornell Studies in Classical Philology (Book 59)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (May 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801446775
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801446771
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate Wilkinson on July 30, 2014
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It's hard to read the book at all since there are so many egregious typos, starting on the first pages. Here are a few from the first page of the introduction: 'augustine' 'Paulinus of nola' '...martyr. it was a difficult question...' 'augustine'. I checked the hardcover and there are none of these errors. Cornell should be ashamed to put this Kindle edition out with their name on it, and the authors should be outraged. No academic could use this as a reliable text from which to quote.
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