Among the findings from the excavations at the Law School is a sarcophagus with an inscription, now on display at the Archaeological Museum and mentions the synagogue of Thessaloniki. For further information regarding the modern Jewish cemetery, destroyed in 1943, and the history of the city’s Jewish community, you can visit the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki, and the exhibition about the history of Thessaloniki at the White Tower.

06Cubiculum burial building

You are standing between the Administration building and the Law School building of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Here lies a special burial building, a cubiculum.The term “cubiculum” derives from the Latin word for bedroom and in archaeology it is used to describe a - usually Christian- burial construction with a chamber. It had a built underground pathway on the one side and in the inner chamber three arcosoliaIt comes from the Latin words arcus (arch) and solium (throne, bed, sarcophagus). It is a term describing the burial places of early Christians, usually curved at the bed rock of a catacomb in an oblong shape and having above an arch usually decorated. were formed, which are spaces for placing sarcophagi. Painting decoration was preserved on the walls of the chamber. The tomb was discovered during the foundation works of the Law School building during the 1960s. A second cubiculum was found nearby, which is no longer visible. This monument is part of the Jewish cemetery of the first community of the city's Jews. On the marble door of the first cubiculum -which is not preserved- there was an engraved inscription, saying: "Βενιαμής ω κε Δομέτιος” ie "Veniamis who [is called] also Dhometios". From this inscription experts conclude that he was a member of the Jewish community. The cubiculum is dated at the first half of the 4th century A.D.

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