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The Tomb of the Diver

tomb of the diverExcavations at the ancient city of Paestum in southern Italy uncovered many fine tombs which took the form of individual sepulchres of solid stone slabs many of which were beautifully painted on the inside. The most famous is known as the Tomb of the Diver, presumed to be the grave of a young man. The four walls show a young man’s entry into a feast where there is music, drinking, laughter and love before leaving, led by a child playing the pipes and followed by an older man. On the lid of the tomb the young man dives into the waters of forgetfulness which lead to to the subterranean netherworld of Greek mythology.feasting


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