CLA260H1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Sarapion

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Lecture 8: Evidence for average life expectancy in Greece and
Rome cont.
Rome defined time based on who was consul at the time
Data text
oCensuses, taxation documents
oExample census from Oxyrhynchus (papyrus) completed by
Sarapion, sometime during Augustus’ reign (30 – 14 BCE)
Debates about the practical use of skeletal excavations
But optimistic
The material containing the data surviving for us
oVery little survives
What remains gives us the extent we have lost
Little papyri left most lost (organically disintegrated)
Most from Egypt when it was under Roman
empire
oGreek tombstones
Do not add the age of death inscription onto the
tombstone
Not important for the Greeks as it was for the
Romans
oDifferent age group move tendency to placing inscription to
tombstones
i.e., newlywed wife with old husband who accomplish a
lot
very young child, unlikely to find them not even
buried at times young little bones disposed of
differently
the little bones also disintegrates differently
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