Photo: D. Pulsifer, Spring 1998 Art History Study Tour
|Ostia was the port of Republican Rome, located at the mouth
of the Tiber river. Because it was the domestic landing for both cargo boats and warships,
a lively trade-based economy evolved which brought appropriate wealth. That wealth was
reflected in the elaborate mausolea which were located outside the city walls. The photo
shows the remains of one of those structures with compartments for individual burials.
Originally covered with a veneer of elaborately patterned marble or with frescoes, the
brick sub structure is all that remains.
Ostia was active from the 3rd century B.C. through the 4th century A. D.