Christian funerary evidence of Sicily and Sardinia are amongthe 3rd-4th century and 7th-8th. They were defined “useful fossils”to determine the incidence of the new religion in urban areasand the importance of the settlement spread over vast areas.The burial areas recognized in Sardinia are about one hundred;in Sicily they are more and more numerous; they are distributedalong the route of the ancient roads and fall within the areasof competence of the diocese known by some letters of PopeGregory the Great. They were divided into three categories:burial areas sub divo, rural and urban; burial undergroundareas, urban and rural; burial areas connected with a ruralchurch or with a martyr’s church. The south-central Sicily hasmajor innovations derived from assiduous studies, supportedby archaeological prospecting aimed at the recovery of funeraryevidence. After the results of the excavations of the last 30years, you can define Agrigento a model for the funerary urbanorganization and for the presence of a “way of the tombs “thatconnected, already at the beginning of the fourth century, thecatacombs and the cemetery sub divo with private ipogea, in alocation that was the center of attraction in the Basilica Apostolorum,commissioned by Bishop Gregory in the most prestigiouspagan temple of Agrigento. The decorative painting, thedevices for the ritual, the choice of the exclusive areas of thecubicles in Villagrazia di Carini, in Syracuse and Lilybaeum asin Cagliari, the architecture of the tombs, kits used for refrigerium,denote a demanding clientele of high rank.
|Numero di pagine||11|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2015|