Skip to comments.Painted Roman tomb found in Corinth
Posted on 09/15/2012 7:49:35 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
A Roman period tomb containing vivid murals was found in January 2012 during excavation work on the new highway between Corinth-Patras in Greece, according to a report in To BHMA newspaper...
The underground chamber tomb has been dated stylistically to the 3rd century CE and measures 2.40 x 2.30 metres internally. The roof, which has been partially damaged is barrel vaulted.
There are two decorated sarcophagi, one of which is not well preserved, but the other contains a picture of a beautiful young woman lying on a bed. Within the sarcophagus were two urns, one of which contained a female burial.
With large bright eyes, auburn hair carefully coiffured into the most fashionable of hairstyles and large red lips this is a lifelike portrait. She is wearing gold earrings and her body is covered with a red blanket decorated with yellow, blue and white stripes. It is designed to look as if she is merely resting.
The style of the work is exceptional and is reminiscent of the Fayum mummy portraits that date to approximately the 1st century BCE -- the 3rd century CE.
The decoration continues on the walls with several motifs along the bottom depicting swags of garlands and above the niches (to hold other family members when they died) there are painted bows along with the image of a peacock which dominates one side.
In July 2011, the same road project also uncovered elements of the old city walls of Corinth which is reported on Corinthian Matters website in their post; Excavations unearth Corinth city walls (and other buildings).
(Excerpt) Read more at pasthorizonspr.com ...
Image of young woman found within the richly decorated tomb. Image: Central Archaeological Council
Tomb interior, with bench and niches all decorated with colourful murals. Image: Central Archaeological Council
Close up of the painted stone bed â Note the portrait to the left. Image: Central Archaeological Council
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Boy I hope they uncover some ancient books that have been lost to antiquity.
There are so many we know about but have no copies of.
I can’t believe how quickly CE and BCE established themselves. I refuse to use such. For me its AD and BC.
Don’t fret none. When you see “CE” and “BCE”, you just do what I do and call it “Christian Era” or “Before Christian Era.” :-)
There’s the Piso library from Herculaeum — the scrolls were found, carbonized but otherwise in good condition, still in their cubbies. Alas, the 19th c nimrods thought it would be best to try to *unroll* them (this was before X-rays, so no thought, “hey, let’s save these for future generations”). And continuous failures didn’t seem to send the message, stupid, quit trying to unroll them.
Anyway, turns out Piso really, really liked the Epicurean philosophers, actually, mostly just the one guy. It also turns out that the villa had two more storeys, and so there’s a hope (maybe a delusion, really) that there are two additional libraries. I doubt it, for a reason easy to spot in the wiki-wacky-pedia excerpt below.
At the time of the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79, the valuable library was packed in cases ready to be moved to safety when it was overtaken by pyroclastic flow; the eruption eventually deposited some 20-25 m of volcanic ash over the site, charring the scrolls but preserving them... new excavations in the 1990s revealed two previously undiscovered floors to the villa, which was built in a series of terraces overlooking the sea... Using multi-spectral imaging, a technique developed in the early 1990s, it is possible to read the burned papyri. With multi-spectral imaging, many pictures of the illegible papyri are taken using different filters in the infrared or in the ultraviolet range, finely tuned to capture certain wavelengths of light. Thus, the optimum spectral portion can be found for distinguishing ink from paper on the blackened papyrus surface. Non-destructive CT scans will, it is hoped, provide breakthroughs in reading the fragile unopened scrolls without destroying them in the process.
OK.....I like the distressed look, but I’m still not paying over $950 a month for it.
My interest in that approaches zero.
wow. peyton manning painted on a roman tomb
They didn’t have to paint the house every 10 years, their paint was superior.