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Funerary architecture
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I. Definition

Funerary architecture (FA) refers to architectonically designed structures built above the contemporary ground level for the purpose of  burial, as opposed to underground hypogea, which have rooms for the cult of the dead and hero cult. Columbaria can combine both types. Hypogea with a ground level cult room influenced the early Christian martyria above the graves. Regarding further aspects of FA, cf.  Hypogaeum;  Maussolleum;  Necropoleis…

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Kammerer-Grothaus, Helke (Bremen), Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin), Hauser, Stefan R. (Berlin), Niemeyer, Hans Georg (Hamburg), Prayon, Friedhelm (Tübingen), Naso, Alessandro (Udine) and Pingel, Volker (Bochum), “Funerary architecture”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 13 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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