Roman Sacophagus (far right)
240 - 260 A.D.
This sarcophagus was carved for a wealthy woman who wished to be shown among the Muses, the spirits who governed cultural endeavors. Holding a scroll, the deceased stands in th middle of the Muses. All the figures can be identified by their clothes or by the musical instruments or other attributes they hold. The figure to the right of the deceased is Minerva, the leader of the Muses. She wears a helmet and carries a spear. On the other side of the deceased, the Muse Terpsichore, who governed lyrical poetry, carries a large lyre.