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The author argues that the motif of ships cruising in full sail on Trimalchio's tomb, as opposed to the more common images of ships in a sepulchral context of the 1st c. A.D. Italy (typically ships devoid of sails in Berufsdarstellungen) picks on Trimalchio's proclaimed dismissal of philosophical education. Contrary to the eschatological concepts spread among his contemporaries, which were influenced by the Epicurean teaching, Trimalchio does believe in an afterlife and consciously integrates this motif in support of his statement that he never listened to a philosopher.