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Istanbul Archaeological Museum 1111
17-MAR-2006

Istanbul Archaeological Museum 1111

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Dick Osseman17-Aug-2010 18:59
Well, regarding the "Probably the sarcophagus of Constantine the Great" of the Guest: In "Byzantium" by John Julius Norwich (part 1 in my edition) it is described what happened to his body. First burial in a self-designed Church of the Holy Apostles in a central tomb amidst twelve sarcophagi containing relics of the apostles. Then doubt if the roof would hold, a plan to transfer the sarcophagus, a riot against that sacrilege. And in 550 a complete rebuild by Justinian. And "Of those twelve apostolic sarcophagi and the great tomb of the Emperor among them, not a trace remains". So in my mind this is just another (Christian, see the cross and the letters) sarcophagus. I would also expect it to be in porphyry.
Guest 17-Aug-2010 18:09
Muhtemelen Contanstine the Great Lahiti.