Vaults of Memory: The Roman Jewish Catacombs and Their Context in the Ancient Mediterranean World (Table of Contents)

Vaults of Memory:
The Roman Jewish Catacombs and Their Context
in the Ancient Mediterranean World [Electronic edition]

by Estelle Shohet Brettman, Amy Hirschfeld, and Florence Wolsky

Web edition revision and preface by Jessica Dello Russo

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Table of Contents (click on the headings for text)

About the Authors

Prologue - Odyssey Sotterranea: A Search for Shared Universal Symbols

Preface - (includes information about the International Catacomb Society and biographical information about Estelle Brettman)

Part I. Archaeological and Historical Background of Catacomb Research


Chapter 1. History of the Catacombs since the Cessation of Burials 

Chapter 2. Burials in Ancient Rome

Burials in Ancient Rome
Jewish and Christian Burials
Antecedents for the Catacombs of Rome
Dating the Catacombs
Why “Catacombs?”
Development of the Catacombs
Builders of the Catacombs
Structure of the Catacombs
Jewish Catacombs of Rome
Decline in Catacomb Burials in Rome

Chapter 3. History of the Jews in Ancient Rome

The Jews in Italy
Jews and Early Christians in Rome
Archives of History: Jewish Inscriptions
Professions Recorded in Catacomb Inscriptions
Officers of the Synagogue
Officers in the Early Christian Church
The Place of Women in the Congregational Hierarchy
Jewish Congregations in Rome
A Synagogue at Ostia Antica

Chapter 4. Themes and Motifs in Ancient Jewish and Early Christian Art

Roman Art
Early Jewish and Early Christian Art
Materials and Methods
Artists, Patrons, Craftspeople, and Workshops
Pompeian Painting Styles
Via Latina
Gold Glass
Other Finds from Monteverde

Chapter 5. Imagery and Iconography of the Catacombs

Comprehensive Bibliography of the Catacombs and Related Studies