Pyramid of Gaius Cestius

The Pyramid of Gaius Cestius was built in approximately 12 B.C. Under the  reign of sovereign Augustus, previously acknowledged as Octavian. The pyramid was  built as a tomb in support of Gaius Cestius Epulo, who was a portion of the Roman  collegium, Septemviri Epulonum, which was a religious, officially permitted assembly. The designof Tomb was of Egyptian influence, which can largely be attributed  to the occupation of Egypt by sovereign Augustus simply 18 years aforementioned to the  construction of the tomb.

The tomb itself was constructed not at home of brick-faced distinct, and was  covered in slabs of white granite. The entirety of the pyramid was  based on a travertine foundation. The ignoble of the tomb was 30 meters  by 30 meters extensive and was almost 37 meters tall. The pyramid was sealed  put down the lid what time originally built, however was reopened in 1660 and was found to  contain a single committal chamber which was 5.95 meters long, 4.10 meters  extensive, and 4.80 meters superior. The majority of the contents of the tomb control  since been stolen and nothing remains except for faded paintings which cover  the inside of the committal chamber.
To this day of the week, the Pyramid of Gaius Cestius remains in admirable condition,  plus the unusual message on the Eastern limit of the pyramid,  which states:
"C. Cestius L.F. Pob. Epulo pr. Tr.Pl.
VII vir epulonum Opus apsolutum ex testamento diebus CCCXXX arbitratu L. Ponti P.F. Cla. Melae heredis et Pothi L."

Which process:

"Gaius Cestius Epulo, son of Lucius, of the Poblilian ward, praetor,  tribune of the group, legitimate of the free banquets. According to his  will, this piece was fulfilled in 330 days, and executed by his heirs L.  Pontus Mela, son of Publius, of the Claudian ward, and his freedman  Pothus."

The Pyramid of Gaius Cestius has befall a distinctive headstone in Rome, and  still pays tribute to the man whose life it commemorated.


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