caduceus: a staff with two serpents coiled around it and a pair of wings at the top; carried by the Greek god Hermes (known as Mercury to the Romans)

canopic jars: four containers used by Egyptians to store the lungs, liver, intestines, and stomach removed from a corpse during mummification

cartonnage: material made of layers of linen or papyrus and gesso; often used to make form-fitting coffins or head coverings for mummies; usually painted

cauldron: large kettle

Cerberus: three-headed dog that guarded the gate of Hades

Charon: in Greek myth, the ferryman who rowed dead souls across the River Styx into the underworld

Cicero: famous Roman orator who died in 43 B.C.