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HONOURING THE FAMILY DEAD ON THE PARENTALIA: CEREMONY, SPECTACLE, AND MEMORY

Fanny Dolansky
Phoenix
Vol. 65, No. 1/2 (Spring-Summer/printemps-été 2011), pp. 125-157
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7834/phoenix.65.1-2.0125
Page Count: 33
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HONOURING THE FAMILY DEAD ON THE PARENTALIA: CEREMONY, SPECTACLE, AND MEMORY
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Abstract

This paper analyzes literary, epigraphic, and archaeological evidence for the Parentalia to reveal the significance of these rites in honour of deceased kin. It demonstrates that the festival was widely observed by different social strata and posits a combination of duty and devotion as motivating factors behind its longevity.

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