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Personal taste usually dictated the form these tombs took, especially in case of monuments of unusual or unique designs, like...
Mausoleum of Augustus, Pyramid of Cestius, and tomb of bake Eurysaces
Freed slaves often used their tombs to...
advertise their new status in society through inscriptions describing themselves as “liberti” and dressed in toga that only free citizens could wear
Family portraits on their tombs presented...
deceased to posterity in a way reminiscent of parade of ancestor makes at funerals of old aristocratic families
Pyramid of Cestius
earliest examples of Third Style of Roman painting
Tomb of Eurysaces
a former slave, built in his own honor of his wife
Via Statilia Relief
double portrait of married couple, projected message about the bonds of marriage not broken by default
Relief of the Servilii
depicts 3 members of same freedman family, commemorates progress of Servilius family from slave to freedom to freeborn citizen
Relief of the Gessil
depicts the living and the dead side by side
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