Friday, March 21, 2014


Tomb mound 12 m (39 feet) high that eventually took on the appearance of a natural hill
The name probably comes from modius grani "bushel of wheat" because of the shape
A corridor 21 m (69 feet) long leads to the burial chamber of 10 m (33 feet) in diameter covered by a vault
The room was divided into two floors by a vault, now collapsed

Some scholars identify it as the probable Mausoleum of Alexander Severus (222/235) for the sarcophagus found here in 1582 and known as the "Sarcophagus of Alexander Severus", now in the Capitoline Museums. Some brick stamps, however, seem to date the tomb to the mid-second century AD

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