Aachen Cathedral

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Comment by Dave Cooper on March 24th, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Regarding the text:

“In 1165, Emperor Frederick Barbarossa again opened the vault and placed the remains in a sculptured sarcophagus made of Parian marble, said to have been the one in which Augustus Caesar was buried.”

What is the source for this information about Augustus being buried in a sarcophagus? Because Augustus was cremated and his ashes were placed in the Mausoleum of Augustus in Rome as was the custom for burials at Rome at that time.

Comment by Jennifer Tanabe on March 24th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Thank you, Dave, for your feedback. I have no information regarding the source of that information, and must conclude that it is erroneous. Indeed, Augustus was cremated and therefore would not have been placed in a sarcophagus. The article has been revised to correct that statement. Thank you again for taking the time to comment and help make NWE a valuable information resource.

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