"a sombre and polished sarcophagus"
Ancient Roman sarcophagus (1892)
Public DomainAncient Roman sarcophagus (1892) - Credit: Rodolfo Lanciani

A sarcophagus is a stone coffin, often inscribed or decorated with sculpture. The name comes from the Greek lithos sarcophagos (meaning flesh eating stone), which came to refer to a particular kind of limestone that was believed to decompose the flesh of corpses interred within it.


Tomb of the Sarcophagi
Public DomainTomb of the Sarcophagi - Credit: D. H. Lawrence