The place where the bodies of the dead were burned and buried under Hadrian
With the limits and the axis of the Bustum Hadriani fixed, Piranesi then begins to delineate the ancient Roman burial process in an appropriately bombastic way. Entrance to the Bustum is through the Clitoporticus ab Hadriano Dis Manibus dicatae -- porticus of the departed Hadrian, dedicated to Dis, god of the infernal regions, and to deified souls of the departed, the ghosts and shades of the dead, and the gods of the Lower World. A fitting portal for passage from this life to the next.
Beyond the Clitoporticus ab Hadriano Dis Manibus dicatae are a pair of tabulinum and apparatorium ustrinae. This is where family records are kept and where bodies are prepared for cremation. At the head of each apparatorium ustrinae is a coenaculum, dining rooms no doubt for relatives and friends of the departed.
Finally, in the Cavea Bustum, literally cavity of the place of burning, stand three plutei, the boards on which the corspe is place. Here the dead are sacrificially burned, thus completing the journey into the afterlife.
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