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Public uses of human remains and relics in history
Public uses of human remains and relics in history

Routledge approaches to history
Cavicchioli, Silvia, 1971- editor.
Physical Description:
ix, 279 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Routledge approaches to history
Introduction / Silvia Cavicchioli and Luigi Provero -- Part 1. Norm and praxis in Late Antiquity -- An ignominious burial : the treatment of the body of Jesus of Nazareth / Andrea Nicolotti -- The cult of relics in the Late Roman Empire : legal aspects / Maria G. Castello -- Part 2. Cults, circulations and battles for relics -- A liquid miracle : the origins of the liquefaction ritual of the blood of Saint Januarius / Francesco Paolo de Ceglia -- The circulation of Roman relics in the Savoy States : dynamics of devotion and political uses in the modern and contemporary ages / Paolo Cozzo -- Jewish intellectuals and the "martyrdom" of Simon of Trent in Habsburg Restoration Italy : anti-semitism, relics and historical criticism / Emanuele D'Antonio -- Some observations on the itinerary of Don Bosco's relics / Mauro Forno

Part 3. Collective spaces of death -- Cemeteries and villages in the thirteenth-century countryside / Luigi Provero -- Within, beneath and outside the city : the space of the dead in early modern Naples (seventeenth to nineteenth centuries) / Diego Carnevale -- Bodies "as objects preserved in museums": The Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo / Natale Spineto -- Part 4. Public uses of human remains between politics, religion and science -- "Roasted and eaten": The Neapolitan counter-revolution of 1799 and the use of Jacobin remains / Luca Addante -- "You can tell a man from his head" : the study and preservation of the skulls of celebrated Italians in the nineteenth century / Simone Baral -- The remains of the vanquished : bodies and martyrs of the Roman Republic from the Risorgimento to Fascism / Silvia Cavicchioli -- The medicalisation of the corpse in liberal Italy : national legislation and the case of Turin / Silvano Montaldo -- Simulacra of eternal life : ostensions, exhibitions and the concealment of human remains / Maria Teresa Milicia.
"The principal theme of this volume is the importance of the public use of human remains in a historical perspective. The book presents a series of case studies aimed at offering historiographical and methodological reflections and providing interpretative approaches highlighting how, through the ages and with a succession of complex practices and uses, human remains have been imbued with a plurality of meanings. Covering a period running from late antiquity to the present day, the contributions are the combined results of multidisciplinary research pertaining to the realities of the Italian peninsula, hitherto not investigated with a long-term and multidisciplinary historical perspective. From the relics of great men to the remains of patriots, and from anatomical specimens to the skeletons of the saints: through these case studies the scholars involved have investigated a wide range of human remains (real or reputed) and of meanings attributed to them, in order to decipher their function over the centuries. In doing so, they have traversed the interpretative boundaries of political history, religious history and the history of science, as required by questions aimed at integrating the anthropological, social and cultural aspects of a complex subject"-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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