Box sarcophagus

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Box sarcophagus
4th A.D. Saint Matthew nave, cathedral marble

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Smooth box sarcophagus with inscription on the front: HOC INTVS HOMO VERVS CERTVS OPTVMUS / RECVMBO PUBLIVS OCTAVIVS/ RVFVS DECVRIO. The sarcophagus, probably used as a tomb of canonical dean Domenico Ancora, contains in the text the mention of decurion Publio Ottavio Rufo, as it can be deduced from the text. The inscription seems to be a modern fake used in order to ennoble the family origin; this formula was frequently adopted by aristocratic classes in Europe.


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