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Catacombs

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Classical studies, History
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905 words

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

Catacomb

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The Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2007
Subject:
Art & Architecture, Classical studies
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1,817 words
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Underground burial complex employed principally between c. ad 200 and the 6th century, notably in Rome. They were used

catacomb

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

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Art & Architecture
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106 words

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

catacombs, Christian

catacombs, Christian   Reference library

Ian Archibald Richmond, Jocelyn M. C. Toynbee, and Leonard V. Rutgers

The Oxford Classical Dictionary (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Classical studies, History
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745 words

a term derived from κατὰ κύμβας, a locality close to the church of St Sebastian on the *via Appia...

catacomb

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The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
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147 words

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

CATACOMBS

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

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Religion
Length:
178 words
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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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Archaeology, History
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3,652 words
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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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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Religion
Length:
100 words

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

In these long underground burial chambers (outside the city

Catacombs

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William Tronzo

The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
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279 words
the usual term for rock-hewn burial grounds, which were in widespread use until the 6th C. Although catacombs were not the prerogative of any one religious group, or limited to a single ... More
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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
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

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