Esquiline tomb painting
Date Late 4th or early 3rd century BCE
Medium Painted plaster
Dimension 34.5 x 17.75”
Housed at Museo Montemartini, Rome
Tomb paintings depicting major achievements of the deceased would have been displayed within and without, and would have served to elevate the familial status of later generations. Here, in the upper registers, Quintus Fabius engages Fannius, while in the lower registers, the Romans engage with the neighboring Samnites in battle.