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on 20 June 2010
A good general introduction to the Catacombs with a particularly interesting opening chapter on how they were constructed.
The author points out that no attempt has been made in the book to deal with the dating of the catacombs and that is disappointing. The famous 'orans' figure so common in the pictures found in the catacombs is dealt with in a rather summary fashion, just in a passing reference. To many students of the catacombs, this figure is the key to the beliefs and outlook of those who used these underground burial chambers.
The book has the feel of a guide book rather than anything more scholarly and that is borne out by the not very extensive references in the 'notes'.
Nevertheless, a good book to start off with for any study of the subject.
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