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Gravestone for Girisonius and Bibulia - the funerary dinner

A tomb was erected for the married couple Girisonius and Bibulie who bore local names. It copies the form of an elaborate antique grave. The deceased are also depicted according to antique tradition at a funerary dinner.

The dead lies on a klinai with his wife at his feet. Her hand reaches out to a lapdog. A female servant at the head of the bed is holding a bottle; a table is decked with two cups.

Depictions of the funerary dinner come from Italy. The local couple, who were apparently wealthy, followed this tradition.

Location
Excavated in 1889, 500m south of the fort's "Roman cemetery".

Archaeology
Dating in the second half of the 2nd. century

Literature
Mattern 2005, 105f.

Links

Lupa Nr. 6975

Reconstructed grave with original gravestone portraying a funerary meal, Römermuseum Obernburg
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1 Reconstructed grave with original gravestone portraying a funerary meal, Römermuseum Obernburg © Römermuseum Obernburg

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