The Roman Catacombs: Since we are speaking of remarkable feats of engineering and architecture, we might take a moment to consider one of the more mysterious and enigmatic examples of Roman engineering: the catacombs. The catacombs are certainly one of the more interesting cultural sites you can visit in Rome. If you can manage to get past the ‘gruesome’ aspect of walking through vaulted chambers housing the ancient dead, you can begin to appreciate the cultural imperatives that led to the creation and maintenance of such a vast ‘city of the dead’. In case you are unfamiliar with the Roman Catacombs, here is a wonderful site to introduce you to the catacombs. As you work through the site, you will find quite a bit of detailed information as well as a number of interesting photographs. If this topic interests you, a quick Google search will turn up a wealth of additional information. http://www.catacombe.roma.it/en/index.php Question: What can we learn about a culture from its burial rituals? How are such rituals related to the humanities? What do you think about the information on this website (see above?) Answer: at least two full paragraph; citations and references as needed. Note: For every sentence of quoted, paraphrased, or summarized material, you should provide at least 4 sentences of your own. Provide the class and your instructor your reasons why this material is important. Under no circumstances should you simply copy and paste paragraphs from a website without any orienting material from you. Quality points for your post will decrease in keeping with the amount of the copy/paste information compared to your own explanation of its value.
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