Columbarium Being Stripped Bare by 18th-Century Treasure Hunters

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Francesca Santoro L'hoir
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published on 19 October 2014

From the 15th-18th centuries CE, the many columbaria that lined the consular highways leading out of Rome were plundered and destroyed. Consequently, one sees bits and pieces of them cemented into the walls of villas and palazzos all over Rome. Such decorations taken from ancient sites are called spolia.



About the Author

Francesca Santoro L'hoir
I am a former college professor and Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, 1997.

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