Pyramid of Cestius, Rome

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Wanda Marcussen
published on 16 February 2020
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The Pyramid of Cestius was constructed c. 18 - 12 BCE as a tomb for the wealthy Roman Galus Cestius. The pyramid was built in only 330 days and was for a long time believed to be the pyramid of Remus. The well-preserved monument became a part of the new city wall built between 271 – 275 CE (the Aurelian Wall) and hence it became vital to protect it as a part of the city’s defense.

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Wanda Marcussen
Wanda has studied International Relations with specialization in History at The University of Oslo, and is currently studying for her Master's degree in Environmental History at Trinity College Dublin.

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