Tomb Painting in Chester
Toynbee’s suggestion that a military tombstone from Chester depicting a row of three gabled buildings with stylized trees or shrubs planted in front of the two at the sides perhaps represents a tomb garden with tomb and flanking funerary buildings, though plausible, cannot in itself be taken to show that tomb gardens existed in Roman Britain; it would, however, suggest that the concept of planting at tombs was regarded as conventionally Roman and appropriate.
- R. P. Wright and I. A. Richmond, Catalogue of the Inscribed and Sculptured Stones in the Grosvenor Museum, Chester (1955) 40 no. 92, pl. 26. (world cat)
- J. M. C. Toynbee, Death and Burial in the Roman World (London 1971) 100. (world cat)
21 Apr 2021