Beneath Rome lies a network of tunnels that provided the final resting place for nearly a million men, women, and children in the early Christian centuries. We examine why the catacombs were built, the different types of burial, and the fascinating collection of art within the catacombs. Writing in the fourth century, St. Jerome compared visiting the catacombs to a trip into hell. Explore Rome’s storied underground burial sites in a more comfortable environment.

Timothy Graham is a Distinguished Professor of history and a Regents’ Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNM. He served as director of the Institute for Medieval Studies from 2002 until 2020, organizing the acclaimed annual Medieval Spring Lecture Series. He holds BA, MA, and PhD degrees from Cambridge and an MPhil from the Warburg Institute, University of London. He is the author of Introduction to Manuscript Studies and in 2016 received the Medieval Academy of America’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Medieval Studies.