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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For he had no other external reason for the lies he tells of us. The earliest representation of the Crucifixion is the Alexamenos graffito abovescratched on plaster c. Crucifixions were commonplace in ancient Rome and this man looks like we would expect: Kindle Deals for Christians.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Pickwick, To be discernible at all, they must be enhanced. Mohr Siebeck Archived from the original PDF on It was a picture of a man wearing a toga and the ears of the donkey with a book in hand and one leg ending in a hoof” XIV.

In this ancient graffiti we see that what is true today has been true from the earliest days. Log in Create an account. In a lesser known scribbling on an interior wall dated around the same time, there was written what seems like a response to the blasphemous message. I guess I will have to wait. Perhaps this is your charge against us that in the midst of all these indiscriminate animal lovers, we save our devotion for asses alone” XI!

With the Jesus figure wearing the head of a donkey, however, it is not farfetched to conclude that this illustration was meant as a mocking portrayal of a Christian performing an act of worship.

Marcus Cornelius Fronto, an orator and rhetorician who was the tutor of Marcus Aurelius and later his correspondent, condemned the Christians in a lost speech, fragments of which are preserved by Minucius Felix in the Octaviusa dialogue between the pagan Caecilius and the Christian Octavius that sought to refute such charges.


To the left is a man raising his hand in adoration, in worship or prayer.

This Anti-Christian Graffito May Be Earliest Depiction of Crucifixion

In situ graffito from the southeast wall Room 7 of the paedagogiumedition of and in June Graffiti has famously been found in Pompeii, Egyptian pyramids, ancient Chinese caves, and even a Viking church. The inscription is usually taken to be a mocking depiction of a Christian in the act of worship. It is old and faded and the original design is difficult to discern, yet a careful tracing reveals two roughly-drawn figures and a string of Greek characters.

He is a former journalist who left the newspaper business to raise his alexwmenos children.

Alexamenos was a Christian, a man who proclaimed that Jesus is Lord. 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. Since named the Alexamenos Graffito, it is believed to date from around AD and is possible the earliest surviving depiction of Jesus.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Rome is the city built upon seven hills and the Palatine Hill is at the center of them all, rising up above what remains of the Roman Forum on the one side and the Circus Maximus on the other. To his side, rising above him, is a second man suspended from a cross. Every Christian can attest that the call to follow Jesus is the call to bear shame and to face mockery, to be the butt of jokes, to be an object of scorn.

At the time, it was commonly believed that Christians practiced a form of religion called onolatry, or donkey worship. The Alexamenos graffito is in the Palatine Museum Rome. His left hand is raised in a gesture that is suggests worship. A barrier now prevents entry into the room itself ]. But this, as we know, is nothing new for Christians.

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Palatine Hill at the Roman forum in Rome, Italy. The donkey head must have been a prevalent slander at the time as, Tertullian, a convert, countered the accusation in his writings:.

The human figure with the ass head on the cross is presumably Jesus, which may represent the old calumny against Jews that they worshipped an ass. The graffito was discovered in when a building called the domus Gelotiana was unearthed on the Palatine Hill.

Yet this is not a religious icon meant to elicit awe or worship. Along with being one of the oldest surviving representations of Jesus, it may also be one of the earliest depictions of the Crucifixion of Jesus, since the event was only rarely depicted in Christian art before the 6th century.

Tracing of the drawing. The original provenance of the graffito is Rome, though the specifics are recounted differently. There were different forms of execution on a cross. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This entry was posted in Graffiti. July 1, at 2: Even though Pompey, upon entering the temple, found its sanctuary to be empty V.

The Alexamenos Graffito

The illustration has been interpreted as Alexamenos being a Roman soldier or guard. You May Also Like. Plan of the Palatine Hill. How to quote this page Alexamenos Graffito Author s of this publication: This practice, however, was not known to be a part of Christian worship until the 4th or 5th century.