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Palaeo-Christian Necropolis and Museum

Sarcophagus of the Teacher

The Sarcophagus of the Teacher, found at the Palaeo-Christian necropolis, 3rd century AD, white El Proconès marble, 71 × 216 × 67 cm.

The Sarcophagus of the Teacher, found at the Palaeo-Christian necropolis, 3rd century AD, white El Proconès marble, 71 × 216 × 67 cm.

Strigil sarcophagus from the Palaeo-Christian necropolis of Tarragona.

The front part is divided into five panels, three of which feature figurative art  while the remaining two are strigillated. The central panel shows a reading scene, with a seated poet or philosopher wearing a tunic and pallium. He reads in the presence of a herm and two youngsters who listen to him.

The deceased, whose remains are inside the sarcophagus, are portrayed at the ends. The man is on the right, characterised as a philosopher, while his wife, dressed as a muse, is on the left.

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