Many wealthy families owned private burial plots outside of the city walls. A momument on the plot honored the family’s dead. Some men built their tombs before they died! They prefered to be buried in personal mausoleums in a cavity under the floor of their mausoleum. Many trade associations or clubs paied for their members’ funerals. Some families kept their urns in their homes, but usually they arrange for the urn to be placed in an underground tomb called a columbarium. Most of them had places for hundereds or even thousands of urns! People who were too poor to afford any of these options were buried in mass graves. (Don Nardo) By the early Roman Empire, large groups of people started to believe that death was final. Sayings such as “I believe innothing beyond the grave” and “There is no Hades” started appearing of tomb stones.
Nardo, Don. Life in Ancient Rome. Sand Diego, CA: Lucent, 1996. Print.