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Acilius Glabrio, Manius

Acilius Glabrio, Manius  

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(RE 40; Suppl. 1)patrician and member of Domitian's consilium (council of advisers); as consul in ad 91 he had to fight in the arena at Domitian's Alban estate (see ...
Acrae

Acrae  

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Founded by Syracuse in 663 bc (Thucydides 6. 5. 3), stands on a hill protected by steep cliffs, commanding the westward route from the Syracusan plain. It enjoyed local self-government ...
ambitus

ambitus  

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1 Consecrated area surrounding a grave or tomb, or the burial-ground attached to a church.2 Space in a loculus in a cata-comb or hypogeum surrounding the body or coffin, or around a funerary urn or ...
ampulla

ampulla  

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A flask for sacred uses such as holding the oil for anointing the sovereign at a coronation. Recorded in this sense from late Middle English, the word is Latin, originally denoting a roughly ...
Antonio Bosio

Antonio Bosio  

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(c.1575–1629), Italian archaeologist. His Roma sotterranea (‘1632’, really 1634) remained the standard work on the catacombs until G. B. de Rossi's researches.
Appian Way

Appian Way  

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The principal road southward from Rome in classical times, named after the censor Appius Claudius Caecus, who in 312 bc built the section to Capua; it was later extended to Brindisi.
arcosolium

arcosolium  

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(pl. arcosolia).Loculus with an arched or vaulted top in a Roman catacomb, hypogeum, or other type of tomb, usually big enough to contain a sarcophagus.
art and architecture: early Christian

art and architecture: early Christian  

In its most common definition, the art and architecture of the Roman Empire from the 4th through the 6th century. Chronological boundaries tend to vary depending on preferences of periodization ...
art, funerary, Roman

art, funerary, Roman  

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Early republican tombs at Rome have none of the decorative features of contemporary Etruscan funerary art (see etruscans), but by the mid to late republic some aristocratic tombs show a desire for ...
basilica

basilica  

A large oblong hall or building with double colonnades and a semicircular apse, used in ancient Rome as a law court or for public assemblies. The name was then applied to a building of this type used ...
Benjamim Baud

Benjamim Baud  

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(c. 1807–75).English architect. He was Wyatville's assistant during the remodelling of Windsor Castle, Berks. (1826–40). In 1838 he won the competition to design the West of London and Westminster ...
Cana

Cana  

An ancient small town in Galilee, where Christ is said to have performed his first miracle by changing water into wine during a marriage feast (John 2:1–11).
Catacomb

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The Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture

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2007
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Art & Architecture, Classical studies
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Underground burial complex employed principally between c. ad 200 and the 6th century, notably in Rome. They were used

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms (2 ed.)

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2010
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An underground cemetery, often on several levels, consisting of linked chambers or galleries with recesses for the tombs. The word ...

catacomb

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages

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2010
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An underground passageway, notably that used as a cemetery with recesses for burials in walls and floors. Catacombs were developed

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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2006
an underground cemetery consisting of a subterranean gallery with recesses for tombs, as constructed by the ancient Romans. Recorded from Old English, the word comes from late Latin ... ... More
Catacombs

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome

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2010
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The word “catacomb” refers to a subterranean cemetery constructed during the Roman Empire or late antiquity (second to seventh century

CATACOMBS

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion (2 ed.)

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2011
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subterranean burial vaults. This method of burial is thought to have originated in Jewish Palestine, and detailed descriptions of it are given in the Talmud. It was usual for bodies to be ... More
Catacombs

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East

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2011
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Large underground cemeteries, catacombs typically consist of a network of long, subterranean galleries whose walls have been cut as graves.

Catacombs

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

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2003
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(Gk., kata kumbas, ‘by the hollows’, an area south of Rome).

In these long underground burial chambers (outside the city

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