This graffito consists of two rather crudely etched figures and an inscription below them, written in equally crude letters. There is a Greek. Image of the Palatine graffito of Alexamenos accompanying the discussion of Giulia Sacco,”Il graffito blasfemo del paedagogium nella Domus. Alexamenos Graffito. To pagans, the predawn worship of Christians and their acts of faith were a mystery, which was made no more understandable by the.

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There were times in which the ancient church faced systemic persecution, in which Christians were hunted down and put to death for daring to reject the gods of Rome and for daring to deny the divinity of her Emperor. But if you happen to be in Rome, I definitely recommend a visit. This graffiti, carved into plaster, was discovered in during archeological excavations and was soon dubbed Alexamenos graffito.

The relationship between Christians and Romans was testy at best for a few centuries, and often changed. Yet this is not a religious icon meant to elicit awe or worship. Clamped high on the wall in the corner of a room, it seemingly is a blank slab, the lines of the original image almost invisible. Gie Vleugels, Departement Nieuwe Testament, Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven, that this is a phonetic misspelling and should be read as a 3d sing.

The Alexamenos Graffito

If you would like to write a letter to the editor, graffjti can do so here. You May Also Like. To pagans, the predawn worship of Christians and their acts of faith were a mystery, which was made no more understandable by the martyred bishop of Lyons, who, when asked who was the Christian god, replied only that “If you are a fit person, you shall know. What distinguishes him from any other crucified criminal is that while he has the body of a man, he has the head of a donkey.


The Palatine Alexamenos Graffito | Variant Readings

Eerdmans, Wikimedia Commons has media related to Alexamenos graffito. One was that “They are initiated by the slaughter and the blood of an infant, and in shameless darkness they are all mixed up in an uncertain medley” IXanother that “the charge of our entertainments being polluted with incest” XXXI. In lieu of a comments section, I accept and encourage letters to the editor.

Here is a photographic reproduction of the precious sketch. I guess I will have to wait. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Earliest Known Depiction of Jesus is not so Flattering

For instance, the Roman historian Tacitus, Histories V. There has been no real consensus as to the date of the image, and estimates have ranged from the first to the third century.

Palatine paedagogiumRoom 7, view from the southwest, June There is also a discussion of it in the Catholic Encyclopedia: We encourage a lively and honest discussion of our content.

The graffiti from this area were formally published inand several of the items were illustrated with drawings. The emperor Caligula had acquired the house for the imperial palace, which, after Caligula died, became used as a Paedagogium boarding school for the imperial page boys.

July 1, at 2: Post was not sent – check your email addresses! But this, as we know, is nothing new for Christians.

This Anti-Christian Graffito May Be Earliest Depiction of Crucifixion

We are called to love those who mock us, deride us. His feet are fixed to a platform on the vertical section of the cross, and he is wearing a garment that covers the lower portion of his body. Email required Address never made public. However, as Balch points out, this does not account for the fact that Christians themselves do not qlexamenos to have been venerating the image of the cross in this manner in order for caricatures graftiti represent them as doing so.


By submitting this form, you are agreeing to our discussion guidelines. It may be the latter, as the location of the graffiti is also of interest.

Sometimes Christians would be put to death for their beliefs, after being hunted down by Roman authorities. The significance of this graffito is the portrayal or caricature of early Christianity by the average Roman. Log in Create an account.

Recommendations Let me help you find the best books on: Views Read Edit View history. The donkey head must have been a prevalent slander at the time as, Tertullian, a convert, countered the accusation in his garffiti. An Interdisciplinary DialogueWm. This graffito consists of two rather crudely etched figures and an inscription below them, written in equally crude letters. In this ongoing series of articles we are tracing the history of the Christian faith by pausing to graffit at 25 objects, 25 historical relics that survive to our day.

Retrieved from ” https: Later, the street on which the house sat was walled off to give support to extensions to the buildings above, and it thus remained sealed for centuries. This practice, however, was not known to be a part of Christian worship until the 4th or 5th century. Comments are published at our discretion. The inscription is etched over four lines, with the first word divided.

Our Lord is represented with the head of a donkey, tied to the cross, with the feet resting on a horizontal piece of board.