Roman relief from a marble tomb, 201-300 CE
Roman tombs and graves were often carved with symbols, giving an indication of the person’s life or profession whilst on earth. Asklepios, the Greco-Roman god of medicine and healing is carved accompanied by a snake. This would suggest that the occupant of the tomb was a physician. Asklepios was often pictured with a snake who was his messenger. Snakes were also believed to have healing powers.
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