Comparison Of The Sarcophagus With The Myth Of Dionysos And Ariadne

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The Sarcophagus with the Myth of Dionysos and Ariadne, 235 A.D. Marble., H. 0.98 m; W. 2.08 m; D. 0.62 m. Louvre Palace Museum, Paris, France.

The Sarcophagus with the Myth of Dionysos and Ariadne is a Roman funerary sarcophagus made in 235 A.D. and found in a tomb in 1805, Saint-Médard-d'Eyrans near Bordeaux, France. The artist is unknown, yet it is known that the sarcophagus was made as a pair with The Sarcophagus with the Legend of Selene and Endymion (Louvre Palace Museum, n.d.). These two sarcophagi were made in the same workshop and were destined for a couple whose skeletons were found inside the boxes (Louvre Palace Museum, n.d.). The space in the center of the lid reserved for the inscription of the names of the deceased (the "tabula inscriptionis" in Latin) was left blank and the workshop and later inscribed when the intended was deceased (Louvre Palace Museum, n.d.).
In the early third century when this sarcophagus was created Roman society was in agony of a philosophical spiritual crisis and so the funerary reliefs of that time took inspiration from Greek mythology. In many situation Romans who could afford such luxury would
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