ROME — A recent discovery in the Catacomb of St. Callixtus, an early Christian series of tombs beneath Rome, which once held the bodies of 16 popes, has been christened the “Orpheus cubicle” after the figure from Greek mythology.
The small room, located in front of the Crypt of the Popes, was poorly conserved until a recent excavation by the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archeology. The “Orpheus cubicle” is named for its painting of Orpheus with a lyre, surrounded by birds, sea monsters and flowers, representing the whole of creation.
Orpheus was a mythological figure known for his musical prowess, able to bring peace through his songs and to enchant nature. He was appropriated by...READ MORE