Roman Funerary Urn

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Mark Cartwright
published on 17 January 2016

A marble funerary urn decorated with scenes depicting the intiation of Hercules into the Eleusian Mysteries. In the scene visible here a priestess holds a wicker screen over an initiate whose head is covered with a lion-skin. 1st century CE, from Rome. (Palazzo Massimo, Rome)

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Mark Cartwright
Mark is a full-time author, researcher, historian, and editor. Special interests include art, architecture, and discovering the ideas that all civilizations share. He holds an MA in Political Philosophy and is the WHE Publishing Director.

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