Rome, Tomb of Eurysaces


Tomb of Eurysaces: one of the most famous mausolea of ancient Rome.

The tomb of Eurysaces near the Porta Maggiore was built in c.30 BCE by a man named Marcus Vergilius Eurysaces. A former slave, he had started a bakery and had become rich. The decoration shows all kinds of things that happen in a bakery: mixing and kneading dough, shaping loaves, placing them in an oven, and finally, serving the breads.

Later, several aqueducts were constructed next to his monument, but the tomb was respected, and it was included in one of the towers of a city gate belonging to the wall of Aurelian. When this gate was demolished in the nineteenth century, the tomb became visible again.