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The Portonaccio Sarcophagus

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The Portonaccio sarcophagus dates to 2nd century Rome and it depicts a battle between the Romans and their enemies--the barbaric Gauls. The sarcophagus was for a military general, but the face of the general remains unfinished. This leads us to believe that the sarcophagus was not made for a particular person and that the face would be carved in…

The Portonaccio Sarcophagus

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This sarcophagus was found in 1931 near the ancient Roman road, Via Tiburtina. Today, the sarcophagus can be seen in the Palazzo Massimo Museum. The iconography displayed is inspired by the Column of Marcus Aurelius and depicts Roman soldiers delivering savage blows to their enemies. Furthermore, the images are enclosed by two enslaved barbarians,…