Tomb 43 is detached on three sides and is looking
out over the Via Severiana. The right wall leans against tomb 44
and a part of the back-wall of tomb 45.
The burial chamber has an open court with the black and white mosaic
in the introduction of this necropolis. We see two vessels with
followed by two rowing-boats. The boats are symmetrically placed
around the famous lighthouse of Portus.
The lighthouse consists of four floors which are upstairs gradually
narrow. All the floors have windows and the lower floor is provided
with a door. From the top flames are rising up into the air.
Beside the lighthouse is the Greek inscription which says:
is a place free of fear"
This inscription can be interpreted in two ways.
The first points to an allegoric end of
the journey of
life after which in the harbour (the death as final destination)
one should find peace and quiet.
The other explanation is more profane and refers to the sailors
reaching the safe harbour. In the last case the mosaic could point
to the profession of the owner of the tomb.
to continue tomb 43)