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  • Thus the greater number of the graves (loculi) in the catacombs were closed with thin, rectangular slabs of terra-cotta or marble; the graves called arcosolia were covered with heavy, fiat slabs, while on the sarcophagi a panel (tabula) or a disk (discus) was frequently reserved on the front wall for an inscription.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent 1840-1916 1913

  • The places for tombs were all large "arcosolia", or niches for sarcophagi; there was not a single loculus of the usual cemeterial pattern in the walls.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI 1840-1916 1913

  • Loculi and arcosolia radiated outward in several directions, niches in their sides packed with bones.

    Dance Of Death Preston, Douglas 2005

  • A last area of 14 sectors (0.56 ha) was covered to the northwest of the fortified area, west of the Doric Temple and just south of the middle Roman northern necropolis with its arcosolia tombs.

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Survey Report 14: Urban 2003

  • (The Deacon Severus made this double cubiculum, with its arcosolia and luminare by order of his Pope Marcellinus as a quiet abode in peace for himself and his family.)

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 9: Laprade-Mass Liturgy 1840-1916 1913

  • With the permission of his Pope Marcellinus (296-304) Severus the Deacon made in the level of the cemetery of Callistus directly under that of the pope a family vault, consisting of a double burial chamber (cubiculum duplex) with arched tombs (arcosolia) and a shaft for air and light, as a quiet resting-place for himself and his family, where his bones might be preserved in long sleep for his Maker and Judge.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux 1840-1916 1913

  • The baldacchino tombs of Sicily and Malta belong also to this class; they consist of a combination of several arcosolia.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize 1840-1916 1913

  • These frescoes adorn the spaces between the single graves, ornament the arched niches above the arcosolia, and are employed to decorate the walls and ceilings of entire burial chambers.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux 1840-1916 1913

  • The arcosolia of the Roman cemeteries were usually decorated with symbolic frescoes, the vault of the arch and the lunette being prepared with stucco for this purpose.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize 1840-1916 1913

  • + The altar detached from the wall in the cubicula, or sepulchral chapels surrounded by loculi and arcosolia, used as places of worship in the catacombs or in the churches erected above ground after the time of Constantine.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize 1840-1916 1913


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  • In a catacomb, this is the arched bit set back from the wall that holds coffins.

    December 22, 2007