I had recently written about the tomb of Publius Phileros just outside the town of Pompeii. This tomb captured a glimpse of life in this ancient Roman town and the relationships between people.
Funerals were important to ancient Romans. The practice varied during the ages but during Republican Rome cremations were more popular than inhumations. One thing always remained common- cemetries and tombs were always outside the city limits. This could have had the practical use of keeping diseases out.
Streets lined with tombs on either side leading inside and outside of a town were fairly common. The photograph below actually could look like a real street with houses and real people living- but it was actually a line of tombs.
Families that were rich could afford their own monumental tombs. Most other people however belonged to guilds that paid for funeral services of their members. In this case the remains of the dead were also preserved in Columbaria.
One of the craziest Roman tombs I’ve ever seen is the tomb of Eurysaces the Baker right outside Porta Maggiore at Rome. The entire tomb is shaped like an oven and also has friezes of people baking.
I can’t believe we’ve done 4 posts already. 22 more alphabets to go! What would you like to see?