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Head of a young man surrounded by a laurel wreath on the front cover of the cinerary urn of C. Clodius Romanus

Tomb of Aebutius (Tomb N)

From: 'Guide to the Vatican Necropolis' by Michele Basso, Fabbrica di S. Pietro

The tomb of Aebutius also bears the name of "Clodius Romanus", who died at the age of twenty-one; his mother, Volusia Megiste, eulogizes him as her "most gentle son" on the epitaph of the cinerarium. This container offers some particulars of special significance, the Cup of sacrifice, the lighted lamp in the shape of a swan, and two vitals for perfume.


In the same cinerarium, found among the human remains was a silver coin from the beginning of the second century A.D., probably from the time between Emperors Trajan and Hadrian. The presence of such a coin among the remains in an obviously re-used tomb bears witness to the existence of tombs in the Vatican already before the time of Emperor Trajan (98-117 A.D.), and also confirms that the Vatican Hill was a site used for burials.

Michele Basso. Guide to the Vatican Necropolis, Fabbrica di S. Pietro in Vaticano, 1986

Margherita Guarducci, The Tomb of St Peter, Hawthorn Books, 1960
John Evangelist Walsh, The Bones of St Peter, New York, 1982
Toynbee and Perkins. The Shrine of St Peter and the Vatican Excavations, London 1956
P. Zander. The Vatican Necropolis, in "Roma Sacra", 25, Roma 2003



Cup and a swan-shaped
lamp on the cinerarium
of C. Clodius Romanus



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