Ancient Rome Catacombs

 The Martyrs in the Catacombs

The catacombs were underground burial places for Christians. They were built outside the walls of the city. It was against the law to bury bodies within the city of Rome. Sixty known catacombs can be found along the Appian Way.

The early burial sites were simple marked graves. Later they became large systems of galleries with linking passages.

Bodies were placed in spaces that were between 16 to 24 inches high and 47 to 59 inches long. These spaces were cut in soft tufa rock. Bodies were clothed, wrapped in linen, and sprinkled with ointments. They were then sealed with a slab that was inscribed with the name of the deceased, date of death, and a religious symbol.

When Christianity became the established religion of the Roman Empire in 313 AD, burial places were moved above ground to the cemeteries that we see today.


Click the images to go to the individual pages.

Ancient Rome Introduction
Romulus and Remus
The History of Rome


The City of Rome
Ancient Roman Emperors
Roman Gods


Ancient Roman Gladiators
The Roman Meal
Ancient Roman Entertainment


Ancient Roman Baths
Ancient Roman Clothing
Ancient Roman Children


Ancient Roman Slaves
Ancient Roman Soldiers
Ancient Roman Homes


Ancient Roman Art
Ancient Roman Calendar
Ancient Roman Building


Roman Numerals
Roman Catacombs