Monday 25 September 2023

Paestum Swimmer

The Tomb of the Diver is a unique archaeological monument, built about 470 BCE. There is nothing else like it. The symbolic scene evokes the passage to the otherworld. It was found in an excavation of a small necropolis about 1.5 km south of the Greek city of Paestum in Magna Graecia, southern Italy. It is a grave made of five local limestone slabs forming the four lateral walls and the roof. The presence of Egyptian blue pigment in the frescos means the deceased inside was a wealthy individual because Egyptian blue was not a commonly available color for frescoes and was therefore very expensive.