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The Catacombs of S. Giovanni in Siracusa

Written by

Sgarlata Mariarita

Published by

Città del Vaticano

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91 pagine, 18 ill. b/n, 74 ill. col., 1 tav. f.t.


S. Giovanni is the largest cemetery of a cristina community, built in Syracuse after the Peace of the Church. From the project and from the monumental layout it is evident that the catacomb of St. John was born after 313, continuing its life during the fourth and fifth centuries, while still in the first decades of the sixth century there were inscriptions relating to Goths ( 491-535). Originally, the community cemetery seems to be designed according to an almost exclusive type of burial: the multiple deposition arcosolium; in the topographical and architectural development of the catacomb the creation of some roundabouts breaks the series of standardized burials to derive adequate spaces for the representatives of the hierarchy of the Church and the Empire.