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Feeding The Dead in Rome

Romans believe in feeding the dead. So much so that graves contain pipes through which the kin of the deceased can pour honey, wine and other food items into their grave in the Roman burial grounds. Throughout the necropolis there are a number of terracotta or metallic pipes that emerge from the tombs. Paupers and slaves were buried in unnamed graves. In ancient times families would sit by the grave and picnic, occasionally pouring wine, milk or honey down the pipe to feed the dead.


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