Life After Death, and Vice Versa

Rather than mope about dying magazines, I thought I’d post this nifty video of portraits from the Roman-era Mediterranean world. Many of them are encaustic mummy paintings which have a weird alive-but-ghostly quality to them.

(Snaffled from David Meadows’ Rogue Classicism.)

About JE

James Enge is the author of the World-Fantasy-Award-nominated novel Blood of Ambrose (Pyr, April 2009). His latest book is The Wide World's End. His short fiction has appeared in Swords and Dark Magic (Harper Collins, 2010), Black Gate, the Stabby-Award-winning anthology Blackguards and elsewhere.
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2 Responses to Life After Death, and Vice Versa

  1. peadarog says:

    No matter how stupid this is going to make me seem, when I see pictures like these, I’m always amazed at how similar they were to us. Always.

    • JE says:

      I know what you mean–that’s why I like them. My brain is full of ancient people who look like bronze or marble statues–then I see what of these paintings where the person looks like someone I’ve seen waiting on a bus-stop, and something snaps into focus. (Then I forget and I have to look at the paintings again to remind myself.)

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