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sarcophagus

Edited by F. L. Cross and E. A. Livingstone

in The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church

Third edition

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780192802903
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199566716
sarcophagus

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Sarcophagi, i.e. stone coffins, usually adorned with bas-reliefs, were much used down to the Byzantine period for the burial of both pagans and Christians. Till a late date Christians continued to adorn them with pagan designs; but from the 4th cent. Christian designs also became common. The Christian subjects illustrated were, however, strictly limited in number, the most popular being ...

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