The city of Rome owns some of the greatest archaeological treasures in the world and the most important collections are housed in the museum complex on the Capitoline hill. One collection, the epitaphs, which has not been on display for more than 30 years, has just been reopened to the public in the newly refurbished gallery that runs underground along the Tabularium (the archives of ancient Rome) and which joins the various wings of the Capitoline museums. It consists of stone tablets, tomb stones, funerary urns, ex votos, and even table games made of stone; the inscriptions are written in a variety of languages from the furthest reaches of the Roman Empire.
Students can now view the epitaphs housed in the Tabularium and soon will also have access to an online database of 3,200 epitaphs.
Tabularium, Galleria di Congiunzione dei Musei Capitolini. Entrance and ticket office Via S. Pietro in Carcere. 09.00 -20.00 Tues Sun. Tickets 3.10, reduced 1.60