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  Keats buried in the Protestant Cemetary
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  • Keats buried in the Protestant Cemetary - Rome
      Keats buried in the Protestant Cemetary
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  • Rosa Bathurst, Goethe's son and Antonio Gramsci - Rome
      Rosa Bathurst, Goethe's son and Antonio Gramsci
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  • Neoclassic reliefs - Rome
      Neoclassic reliefs
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The cemetery is usually called Cimitero degli Inglesi, but its proper name is Cimitero Acattolico (non-Catholic), because in addition to Protestants it serves as burial ground for Greek Orthodox, Jews, Zoroastrians and atheists.
Photo 1 - Keats tomb - here John Keats lies in an unnamed monument: Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water is the epitaph he dictated to his friend Joseph Severn, a painter who wanted to be buried next to him. A relief portraying Keats is accompanied by verses, the acronym of which reads K-E-A-T-S.
K-eats! if thy cherished name be "writ in water"
E-ach drop has fallen from some mourner's cheek;
A-sacred tribute; such as heroes seek,
T-hough oft in vain - for dazzling deeds of slaughter
S-leep on! Not honoured less for Epitaph so meek!

Photos and reference text by permission of Roberto Piperno for non-commercial purposes only.
Photo 2 - Monuments to Rosa Bathurst, Goethe's son and Antonio Gramsci
Photo 3 - Although most graves are very simple, a few are rather monumental and especially those of the early XIXth century have fine Neoclassic reliefs: the image above shows on the left a relief portraying the Angel of Death bringing away a woman (Elisa, wife of George Watson, a lady from Massachusetts, or to be consistent with the Latin epitaph "Massachusettensis") mourned by her husband and children: all dressed as ancient Romans; the sculpture on the right portrays Psyche.

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  • Updated Jun 28, 2006
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