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V. The funerary cathedra. On the basis of the written sources, Klauser 43-60 formulated the hypothesis that, in funerary cult, the cathedra was the seat of the deceased person during the funeral banquet ibid., 56; representation of the banquet of the deceased would have been the main idea behind the location of cathedrae ibid., 57. In the sources cited by Klauser, an explicit relation between cathedra, Rio de Janeiro Map Tourist Attractions funeral banquet and the deceased is postulated only by Hesychius and Photius; the cathedra is therefore documented only in texts from the 6th and 9th c. The burial cathedrae collected by Klauser are primarily from the Roman catacombs and are centuries earlier than the written sources, placed in ordinary cubicles and in the martyrs’ tombs in the 2nd half of or late 4th c. They can probably only be interpreted as a symbolic reminder of the ancient custom of the funeral banquet near the tomb, since the catacombs, lacking light and ventilation, did not allow gatherings of visitors for this purpose. The funerary function of the cathedra is limited to a few monuments, and thus its role in the cult of the dead can be considered of little importance.

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