||Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-284) and index.
||Ancient apparitions. Greek and Roman remains ; Odysseus in the house of death ; Pliny contemplates the existence of ghosts ; A mistress of the graves ; Early Christian hauntings ; Speaking with the dead in the Hebrew scriptures ; A ghost upon the waters ; Dreaming of the dead ; The discernment of the saints -- The autopsy of souls in late ancient thought. Evodius's inquiry: going forth from the body, who are we? ; Augustine's rejection of ghosts ; Pope Gregory the Great: how can the living help the dead? -- The ecology of the otherworld in dark age Europe. The vision of Barontus ; Dryhthelm returns from the dead -- Spectral servants of the church. Imperial torments ; Cluny and the feast of All Souls ; A lesbian ghost ; The haunting of the cloister ; Warnings to the living -- Night is the dead's dominion. Spirits of malice ; The blackened hearts of Stapenhill ; the evil Welshman ; Rampaging revenants -- The ghosts of war. Terror in Tonnerre ; Hellequin's horde ; An army white as snow -- Northern horrors. The ravenous dead ; Old ghosts, new laws -- Strange tales of mystery and terror. Recreation for an emperor ; The ghosts of Byland Abbey -- The reformation of the wraiths. Of ghostes and spirites walking by nyght ; When night draws swiftly darkling on -- Haunting the wings. The torments of Tantalus ; Hamlet, remember me.
||The dead rise again in a spine-tingling collection of ghostly visitations through the ages, recorded in historical narratives, theological texts and personal letters from more than 1,500 years, showing the evolution of our thinking about zombies and other restless souls. --Publisher's description.