On April 25, 2001, John Lupia wrote:
>>The Romans typically denied
the family their right to the corpse and ritual burial since the
was considered confiscated property. That is why the Joseph of
story about the burial is so critical to explain the tomb to the first
What do you make of Quintilian Declamations 6.9?
"But bodies are cut down from crosses, executioners do not prevent
executed criminals from being buried, and pirates did no more than
throw the the corpse into the sea" (Sussman translation, p. 75).
The writer seems to be arguing from the position that it was normal to
allow burial of crucified criminals.
Kenneth A. Olson
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Department of History
2115 Francis Scott Key Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
I am too much of a skeptic to deny the possibility of anything - T.H.
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