Raffigurazioni musicali nell'Ipogeo di Crispia Salvia a Lilibeo (Marsala) / Musical representations in the Hypogeum of Crispia Salvia at Lilibeo (Marsala)

TitleRaffigurazioni musicali nell'Ipogeo di Crispia Salvia a Lilibeo (Marsala) / Musical representations in the Hypogeum of Crispia Salvia at Lilibeo (Marsala)
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsBellia, A
EditorRocconi, E
Book TitleLa musica nell'Impero Romano: Testimonianze teoriche e scoperte archeologiche = Music in the Roman Empire: Theoretical Evidence and Archaeological Findings
Pagination77-84
PublisherPavia University Press
CityPavia
ISBN9788896764022
Abstract

The excavations led between 1993 and 1997 in Marsala by the Soprintendenza per i Beni
Culturali e Ambientali of the city of Trapani (Italy) let an important part of the necropolis
of Lilibeo, originally a Punic sepulchral environment, come to light. The archaeological
enquiry identified a funeral chamber, which got the name of 'Hypogeum of Crispia Salvia' thanks to a tablet which Iulius Demetrius dedicated to his deceased wife.
The walls of the big trapezoidal chamber are full of images: among these scenes, five
dancing men in procession stand out. This cortège solemnly advances towards a female
figure in profile on the right, sitting on a chair on a slightly lower level, represented in the act of playing a double-pipes aulos, whose left pipe ends with a curved extension. The figurative themes of the hypogeum belong to a common repertoire which should represent the after death bliss and the ideal re-union of the earthly and after death worlds. The Hypogeum of Crispia Salvia, though being a private memorial, is well inserted in the public enterprises which were typical of Lilibeo between the 2nd and the 3rd century AD. In fact the monument, expression of provincial purchasers, seems to follow the artistic trends and the funeral uses that were widespread in Rome and Sicily.
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Notes

Music in the Roman Empire contains the Proceedings of the Second Annual Meeting of MOISA, The International Society for the Study of Greek and Roman Music and its Cultural Heritage, Cremona, Aula Magna, Facoltà di Musicologia, Università degli Studi di Pavia, 30-31 ottobre 2008.

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