22/4/16 – Via Appia [Day 1]

Today we began the first leg of the Via Appia from Porta Capena (near the end of the Circus Maximus) to Porta S. Sabastiano. After visiting the Tomb of the Scippio’s we deviated slightly to the Via Latina where we visited the Columbarium of Pomponius Hylas. Interestingly Pomponius Hylas (mosaic depicted below) was a later interloper into this subterranean columbarium dating to 20AD (Claridge). The columbarium was probably initially built for GRANIVS NESTOR, named on the elaborately stuccoed aedicula resting on a podium in the centre of the underground space.

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