Death & Tombs

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.

Tombs outside the City
Tombs outside the City

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.

Line of Tombs looking like houses
Line of Tombs looking like houses

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.

Family Tomb Outside Pompeii
Family Tomb Outside Pompeii
Some Tombs Outside Via Nocera
Some Tombs Outside Via Nocera
Tomb with Semi Circular Bench where travellers could rest
Tomb with Semi Circular Bench where travellers could rest

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.

Here lies the Tomb of Eurysaces the Baker
Here lies the Tomb of Eurysaces the Baker

I can’t believe we’ve done 4 posts already. 22 more alphabets to go! What would you like to see?

D for Death
D for Death

 

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22 Comments Add yours

  1. bwcarey says:

    dead buried and remembered, pompeii, interesting

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      thank you!

  2. Vee dC says:

    Hmm..how about e = edible –> write about some of the delicacies you’ve come across on your travels?

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      That’s something I will keep in mind!

  3. Lav says:

    It looks so peaceful! Hope they rest in peace…

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Hope so

  4. How interesting. I learned about the tombs outside the city walls in a book I read recently called “Ancient Rome on 5 denarii a day” (it was quite fun), but hadn’t seen any pictures. Yours are lovely.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you! I keep seeing those 5 denarii a day books but have never reAd them

  5. Carolina says:

    One of my traveling friends shared with me her interest in visiting cemeteries. I never thought of visiting tomb stones before, but now I actually enjoy it. So much history can be found there.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Yes they provide a lot of insights but can be architecturally very interesting as well

  6. Nirmala says:

    Very interesting. Pictures say a lot!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Yes they do, although these pictures were a bit washed out because of the bright sun

  7. Wow.. I loved this post. And the clicks are amazing

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you!

  8. I love how your blog is so eclectic. You have found yourself a follower Sukanya! Good luck with the rest of the challenge!!!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you Aarthi! Glad you liked the posts

  9. Prem Rao says:

    I remembered John Donne’s famous poem: ” Death be not proud, though some have called thee
    Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not so,
    For, those, whom thou think’st, thou dost overthrow,
    Die not, poore death, nor yet canst thou kill me.”

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      That’s so apt! Poetry carries so much more impact than prose sometimes

  10. Apar says:

    Was wondering when the A-Z would feature Rome 🙂 lovely pictures to match the post. They do look peaceful and hope the souls there rest in peace!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Ah ha ha! My A to Z themes are tweaked around my regular themes so Rome will feature once more at least!

  11. akaimiko says:

    I’m really enjoying these “tours” you give through your posts! So much incredible information with gorgeous shots to enhance the experience!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you. I’m glad you like them and you find them informative

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