Museo Archeologico dell’Antica Capua
SANTA MARIA CAPUA VETERE
Via Roberto d’Angiò 48IT

Archaeological finds from the district of ancient Capua.


Transport. How to reach the site

Trenitalia train, S. Maria Capua Vetere bstop, 15 min. on foot from the station

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    Linea: Napoli Centrale - Caserta - Caserta

    Linea: Napoli - Santa Maria Capua Vetere - Caserta Centrale

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The practice of painting the inside walls of chamber tombs spread in Campania in the 4th century B.C. in centres such as Capua, where chamber burials are typical of the ruling classes of Samnite stock. The museum contains a reconstruction of a tomb, known as the Priest’s Tomb, showing the original internal architectural structure, which included two funeral beds and walls painted with human figures on an almost lifelike scale. The dead man, who is dressed as a local magistrate, is depicted as he is being welcomed into the afterlife, which is imagined as a garden full of birds, with maidens playing music and dancing. The grave goods and personal objects reveal that graves such as this, datable to between the 4th and the early 3rd century B.C., belonged to the aristocratic class, which contributed, not least with its cavalrymen and mercenaries, to prestige of Capua.

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