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. Pompeii; its history, buildings and antiquities : an account of the destruction of the city, with a full description of the remains, and of the recent excavations and also an itinerary for visitors . will observe the columbaria, or little niches, so called fromtheir resemblance to the holes of a pigeon-house, in whichthe urns are severally deposited. Beyond this tomb, where the two roads separate, are theremains of a small square enclosure, 9, probably an ustrinum,or place for burning dead bodies. Its isolated situation I TOMBS. 515 appears to render it peculiarly suited to this purpose. It

. Pompeii; its history, buildings and antiquities : an account of the destruction of the city, with a full description of the remains, and of the recent excavations and also an itinerary for visitors . will observe the columbaria, or little niches, so called fromtheir resemblance to the holes of a pigeon-house, in whichthe urns are severally deposited. Beyond this tomb, where the two roads separate, are theremains of a small square enclosure, 9, probably an ustrinum,or place for burning dead bodies. Its isolated situation I TOMBS. 515 appears to render it peculiarly suited to this purpose. It Stock Photo
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. Pompeii; its history, buildings and antiquities : an account of the destruction of the city, with a full description of the remains, and of the recent excavations and also an itinerary for visitors . will observe the columbaria, or little niches, so called fromtheir resemblance to the holes of a pigeon-house, in whichthe urns are severally deposited. Beyond this tomb, where the two roads separate, are theremains of a small square enclosure, 9, probably an ustrinum, or place for burning dead bodies. Its isolated situation I TOMBS. 515 appears to render it peculiarly suited to this purpose. It isnot uncommon to find inscriptions on monuments forbiddingthe application of funeral piles against them: Ad hoc mo-numentum ustrinum applicare non licet.. We will now cross to the other side of the road, where themonuments are in better preservation and more interesting.Close to the Villa of Diomedes is a small enclosure, of ir-regular figure, presenting to the street a plain front abouttwenty feet in length, stuccoed and unornamented, except bya low pediment and cornice. The door is remarkably low, not more than five feet high. Entering, we find ourselveswithin a chamber open to the sky, the walls cheerfully de- 516 POMPEII. corated with paintings of animals in the centre of comjart-ments bordered with flowers.* Before us is a stone triclinium, with a massive pedestal in the centre to receive the table, and a round pillar in advance of it. It is a funeral triclinium, for the celebration of feasts in honour of the dead: the pillarprobably supported the urn of him in whose honour the en-tertainments were given, after which it was deposited in thetomb. Some notice of these funeral feasts will complete ouraccount of the honours paid to the dea

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