In 1667, the oration at the interment was forbidden by royal order.
CATACOMB, a subterranean excavation for the interment of the dead or burial-vault.
The custom of subterranean interment gradually died out, and entirely ceased with the sack of Rome by Alaric, A.D.
354, shows that interment in them was even then rare if it had not been altogether discontinued; and the poet Prudentius's description of the tomb of the Christian martyr Hippolytus, and the cemetery in which it stood, leads us to the same conclusion.
His work, Monumenti delle anti christiane primitive, is the first in which the strange misconception, received with unquestioning faith by earlier writers, that the catacombs were exhausted sand-pits adapted by the Christians to the purpose of interment, was dispelled, and the true history of their formation demonstrated.