A Tourist in Rome - Freedmen's Tombs

Location:Via Statilia, a few blocks west from Porta Maggiore
Metro:Manzoni, located along my Southeastern Sights Walking Tour
Time:about 10 minutes
Cost:Free
Hours:Viewable at any time

These tombs were built during the Republican age at about 100 BC. They were created by and for slaves who had been freed by their masters and then earned their own livings. Their pride in this accomplishment led them to create these lavish funerary monuments. The tombs were found during construction works on Via Statilia in 1916, and the shelter now above them was built to protect them from the elements. A fence prevents close approach but they are easy to see from behind it. Nearby the Aqua Claudia runs parallel with Via Statilia from Porta Maggiore to just past the tombs. In front of Porta Maggiore is another tomb built by a freedman, the Tomb of Eurysaces the Baker.

    
Freedmen's Tombs
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