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Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya - Girona

Sepulchre of the Seasons

<p>Sarcophagus showing the seasons, Emp&uacute;ries (Alt Emporda), 4th century BC.</p>

Sarcophagus showing the seasons, Empúries (Alt Emporda), 4th century BC.

Non-Christian Roman sarcophagus, notable for its rich decoration on both the body and the lid. The figures on the body personify the four seasons. The centre shows a bust of the deceased within a clipeus (large shield) flanked on either side by two winged genies and two small Victories. Below there is a scene from the myth of Selene and Endymion. Above there is a sign where the name of the deceased would have been written. At the top, there are two groups of figures that showing agricultural scenes from the Roman world; the production of oil and wine.

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