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Joseph L. Rife, Isthmia: The Roman and Byzantine Graves and Human Remains

Death and life of the rural Corinthians

Joseph L. Rife, Isthmia: The Roman and Byzantine Graves and Human Remains, Isthmia IX, American School of Classical Studies, 2012, 512 pages, 267 figures, 61 tables.

Language: English

ISBN: 978-0-87661-939-1

This study describes and interprets the graves and human remains of Roman and Byzantine date recovered by excavation between 1954 and 1976 in several locales around the Isthmian Sanctuary and the succeeding fortifications. This material provides important evidence for both death and life in the Greek countryside during the Late Roman to Early Byzantine periods. Examination of burial within the local settlement, comparative study of mortuary behavior, and analysis of skeletal morphology, ancient demography, oral health and paleopathology all contribute to a picture of the rural Corinthians over this transitional era as interactive, resilient and modestly innovative.