Empire of Death: A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel Houses

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Price
$50.00  $46.50
Publisher
Thames & Hudson
Publish Date
Pages
224
Dimensions
9.0 X 12.2 X 1.0 inches | 3.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780500251782

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About the Author
Paul Koudounaris has a PhD in art history from the University of California and has written widely on European ossuaries and charnel houses for both academic and popular journals. He is the author of The Empire of Death: A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel Houses, Memento Mori: The Dead Among Us, and Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs. Paul is a member of the Order of the Good Death and has over 110k followers on Instagram.
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. . . an astounding achievement, both as a literary and photographic work.
Koudounaris gracefully transcends mere ghastliness and ghoulishness to challenge cultural perceptions of death, both current and centuries old. The result is not only a highly original work of great visual beauty and rigorous scholarship but also a surprisingly intimate and tender meditation on what the author calls 'the dialogue with the dead.'
The photos of the skulls alone justify the purchase.