Sarcophagus of Stilicho

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The Sarcophagus of Stilicho is a marble Early Christian sarcophagus used since before the 10th-century as the base for the pulpit of the church of San Ambrogio in Milan, Italy. It appears to have been made some decades prior to the death of Stilicho, and thus likely not associated with the Roman General.


The sarcophagus was carved from Marble from quarries near Como, but appears to date stylistically from circa 390 and the reign of Theodosius the Great.[1] The panels depict both New and Old Testament scenes including:[2]

  • Christ giving law to St Peter
  • Christ among the Apostles
  • Sacrifice of Isaac



  1. ^ Early Christian and Byzantine Art, by John Beckwith, Richard Krautheimer, Slobodan Ćurčić; page 46.
  2. ^ DK Eyewitness Guide to Milan, page 86.