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Collection Connection, Conservation, Permanent Collection

Mystery Sarcophagus on View in Thayer Gallery

1 Comment 01 August 2012

A sarcophagus is the ancient Roman equivalent of a modern day coffin. On occasion sarcophagi featured inscriptions on their lids (much like our tombstones do) that help scholars today understand who the sarcophagus was originally made for. The Roman sarcophagus from the late third century CE now on view in Thayer Gallery is covered on three sides with relief carvings but bears no inscriptions. Without the help of an inscription, what, if anything, can the images tell us about the person who was buried inside the sarcophagus?… read more

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