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Pyramid tomb
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Particular form of funerary architecture in Classical Antiquity, following the Pharaonic pyramid of Egypt in form and purpose. Rare in Classical Antiquity, but always used with high aspirations to grandeur; the best-known example is the pyramid of Cestius in Rome near the Porta San Paolo (built as a monument to the tribune and praetor C. Cestius [I 4] Epulo, d. 12 BC). Further examples, primarily in the area from Asia Minor to Egypt.

Bibliography

F. Coarelli, Rom. Ein archäologischer Führer, 1975, 307 f. 

C. Ratté, The Pyramid Tomb at Sa…

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Höcker, Christoph (Kissing), “Pyramid tomb”, 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 04 December 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1015270>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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