Sarcophagus of Junius Bassus

Sarcophagus of Junius Bassus, marble, 359 C.E. (Treasury of Saint Peter’s Basilica)

Please note that due to photography restrictions, the images used in the video above show the plaster cast on display in the Vatican Museum. Nevertheless, the audio conversation was recorded in the treasury in Saint Peter’s Basilica, in front of the original sarcophagus.

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Cite this page as: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Sarcophagus of Junius Bassus," in Smarthistory, December 3, 2015, accessed January 19, 2019,