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p260 Cenotaphium

Article by Robert Whiston, M.A., Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge
on p260 of

William Smith, D.C.L., LL.D.:
A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, John Murray, London, 1875.

CENOTA′PHIUM, a cenotaph (κενὸς and τάφος) was an empty or honorary tomb, erected as a memorial of a person whose body was buried elsewhere, or not found for burial at all (comp. Thuc. II.34; Virg. Aen. III.303).

Cenotaphia were considered as religiosa, and therefore divini juris, till a rescript of the emperors Antoninus and Verus pronounced them not to be so (Heinec. Ant. Rom. II.1).


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