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The- Art- of- Late- Antiquity

Updated on May 5, 2014
Constantine The Great
Constantine The Great

Christianity has made many changes to Pagan ways and images from the start; their Gods & Goddesses, art, holidays. They kept things very quiet in the beginning, and when Constantine passed the Edict of Milan, they began to become more open in their ways. You first notice the images in the catacombs, and then it spread to statues, architecture, and murals/ paintings. “As emerging underdogs in a nation with a long and well-established artistic tradition, those same artisans and craftsman who were now creating art in a Christian context naturally turned to images and styles that were familiar to them. Thus the early images of Christ portray a young, beardless man who bears a strong resemblance to the god Apollo of the Greco-Roman world.”



 catacombs
catacombs

The catacombs bear a strong resemblance to the Egyptian tombs if you look at the pictures; the way the rooms are set up, art on the walls. Now whether there was a fake room for thieves to go into is another story.

The Lascaux Cave painting bears an extremely strong resemblance to the Good shepherd. Now I highly doubt that they knew about the Cave paintings, but I fine the similarities striking with how the animals are portrayed.

 Lascaux Cave painting
Lascaux Cave painting

Lastly are the Toreador and the Christian version of the Lion tamer (for lack of a better phrase since I couldn’t find a proper title for this picture). Both show how the culture have an respect for the animal of the city; with the Mycenaean it was the bull who was revered; with the Christians there really wasn’t one specific animal as you could see with the demonstrations that were held with the Games. Lions, bears, all types of animals were brought in to fight against man to see who the Gods would favor. Sometimes man; sometimes animal for a short time before being taken out by several men at once.

For an interesting take on this go to this page; I didn’t take any quotes from it, but since I am a huge fan of Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code” this was very fun to read; definitely makes you think. http://www.probe.org/site/c.fdKEIMNsEoG/b.4513909/k.26D6/Did_Christianity_Borrow_From_Pagan_Religions.htm

Works Cited:

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-world/borrowing-from-the-neighbors/

© 2014 Jennifer B

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