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Typology: Monuments

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Address: Via di Porta Latina
Zone: Quartiere Appio Latino (Roma sud)

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Located in a private property, it can be accessed by making a request to the Appia Antica Archaeological Park.

Description

Around the middle of the nineteenth century three colombaria, or tombs with walls covered with niches or loculi where cinerary urns were kept, were discovered within the ex - Vigna Codini (Codini Vineyard), not far from the tomb of the Scipiones and the Aurelian Walls. One of the colombaria was discovered by the archeologist Campana and is dated between the late age of emperor Tiberius and the age of Emperor Nero. It consists of a quadrangular room with about 500 loculi in the wall. Each loculus contains two walled up urns with painted name plates on which the names of the dead persons were engraved. Mythological scenes are painted in four panes onthe wall. The second colombarium has niches surmounted by small marble slabs, many ofwhich are now without an inscription. On the walls there are remains of paintings with ornamental motifs. The colombarium is dated back to the Augustan Age, while the paintings belong to a later age. The third colombarium presents a U-shaped plan with three wings that are incommunication and loculi of a larger size than the others. The vault presents parts of frescoes with ornamental motifs. The colombarium has provided cippi, small urns and even a small sarcophagus, now kept in the Museo Nazionale Romano.The presence of the sarcophagus leads to believe that the colombarium was alsoused for burials. The epigraphs show many names of imperial servants andfreedmen who carried on different trades and tasks in the Emperial House. The building of the colombarium dates back to the age of Tiberius, but it must have continued to be used up to the end of the second century AD.
Last checked: 2021-04-20 15:05