Brill’s New Pauly

Get access
Search Results: | 16 of 48 |

Os resectum
(142 words)

[German version]

('cut-off bone'). Object of a Roman ritual practised after the change from burial to cremation. According to the Roman ius pontificum, going back to Numa Pompilius, which in fact forbade cremation (Plut. Numa 22), a corpse was lawfully buried only when at least one complete body-part had been fully interred (Cic. Leg. 2,55; Varro Ling. 5,23; Paul. Fest. 135 L.). The idea behind this is that a burial is a return of the body to the earth. A finger would be separated from the body to be cremated, and interre…

Cite this page
Siebert, Anne Viola (Hannover), “Os resectum”, 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 17 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e901840>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



▲   Back to top   ▲