But he has not launched a huge, historic initiative on which history has slammed the sarcophagus lid screaming “Failure!”
Prices start at around $1,000 for Greek-Roman coins (250 A.D.) and top $25,000 for ornate sarcophagus lids.
Recent budget cuts are just the last nail in the sarcophagus.
The police official looked as if he agreed with him, but Hamdi Bey had moved determinedly to the third sarcophagus.
They knelt down, each in turn, before the sarcophagus, and put their lips to it.
Near by was the sarcophagus, lighted by the dripping candles.
We are in the antechamber of the hall where the sarcophagus is bound to be!
The sarcophagus was covered in the cutter with the imperial mantle.
The cover was off, but the painted coffin of the Pharaoh lay in the depths of the sarcophagus.
In the former is the monument and sarcophagus of Doge Andrea Dandolo, who died in 1354.
c.1600, "type of stone used for coffins," from Latin sarcophagus, from Greek sarkophagos "limestone used for coffins," literally "flesh-eating," in reference to the supposed action of this type of limestone (quarried near Assos in Troas, hence the Latin lapis Assius) in quickly decomposing the body, from sarx (genitive sarkos) "flesh" (see sarcasm) + phagein "to eat" (see -phagous). Related: Sarcophagal.
The "stone" sense was the earliest in English; meaning "stone coffin, often with inscriptions or decorative carvings" is recorded from 1705. The Latin word, shortened in Vulgar Latin to *sarcus, is the source of French cercueil, German Sarg "coffin," Dutch zerk "tombstone."