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Roman Soldier's Tomb Complex

Although predominently of Nabatean style it is named as Roman because of the stone bust wearing Roman breast armour. In addition to the tomb façade, there is an associated courtyard, the remains of several two-story buildings, rock-cut rooms, a triclinium (or formal dining room), and several large cisterns. The main building phase of the tomb complex took place during the third quarter of the 1st century CE.


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circa 100 CE

The facade of the Roman Soldier Tomb is similar to the Urn Tomb, including the disk decoration on its small frieze. Higher up the facade, three niches are distributed between the four columns on the front of the monument. Each niche contains a male figure, dressed in military style, hence the name. It is one of the best-preserved tombs in the ancient city of Petra.

circa 100 CE

The triclinium of the Roman Soldier's Tomb is located directly across the courtyard from the main tomb façade. This space is much more ornately carved than the tomb structure itself. Along the walls of the triclinium there are alternating columns and shallow alcoves, and in the middle of the room there are the remains of a U-shaped triple bench which in Roman society was used for sitting or reclining.

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