Alphabet Challenge: S - Sarcophagi
2018 alphabet challenge
S - Sarcophagi
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[Wikipedia] A sarcophagus (plural sarcophagi) is a box-like funeral receptacle for a corpse, most commonly carved in stone, and usually displayed above ground, though it may also be buried. The word "sarcophagus" comes from the Greek σάρξ sarx meaning "flesh", and φαγεῖν phagein meaning "to eat", hence sarcophagus means "flesh-eating"; from the phrase lithos sarkophagos (λίθος σαρκοφάγος). Since lithos is Greek for "stone", lithos sarcophagos means "flesh-eating stone". The word also came to refer to a particular kind of limestone that was thought to rapidly facilitate the decomposition of the flesh of corpses contained within it due to the chemical properties of the limestone itself.
‘Sarcophaguses’ is an accepted, but less common, English form of the plural of ‘sarcophagus’.
The sarcophagi shown were photographed at the Heraklion Museum, Crete (upper left); The Toledo Museum of Art (two, upper right); The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, University of Michigan (bottom).
The individual photos and the montage itself (created in October 2018) are copyrighted by Elizabeth Jean Jacob, with all rights reserved.
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