Ostia was an important commercial hub as the harbour city of Rome and numerous sarcophagi in imported marble have been found there. Some of these were probably carved in Ostia itself but others were produced by workshops in the capital or by producers overseas and then imported fully-finished. The number of marble sarcophagi in the city suggests that there was a core of wealthy individuals capable of spending the sums needed to buy these monuments. More
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