Summary Of The Alexamenos Graffito

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Alexamenos Graffito The Alexamenos Graffito or also known in other regions as the Blasphemous Graffito is a piece of early roman graffiti carved in the plaster on a room near the Palatine Hill in Rome. What makes this piece so interesting is that it has been rumoured to be the earliest surviving image of Jesus Christ. Not only is it a picture of the Christian prophet Jesus Christ, but also shows the crucifixion of Jesus Christ which is explained in the Gospels of the New Testament. The date on this piece is up to discussion for many researches but it is estimated to have been made in the 1st to the late 3rd century by a man using just his finger nails. The significance of the Alexamenos Graffito is the portrayal of early Christianity and how…show more content…
The Greek wording on the graffiti reads something like "Alexamenos worships God.” The Graffito was apparently meant to mock a Christian man named Alexamenos. In the top right of the piece, it is what has been interpreted as the Cross of Tau, which is a form of the Christian cross symbol. On the cross is a human figure with a donkey head on the cross. Many speculators have came to the conclusion that the human, with the donkey on his head, in case was a representation of Jesus Christ who was crucified by the Romans in year 33. To the left of the image is a man who is to be represented as Alexamenos, a Roman guard, raising one hand to show worship to the Donkey Headed Jesus Christ. In the dead center of this graffiti piece is a caption in Greek which translates as “Alexamenos Worships his God.” The Alexamenos Graffito obviously mocks a Christian’s beliefs by basically saying that Christians worships an ass or a donkey headed man named Jesus…show more content…
So, why did the Romans try their very hardest to stomp out Christians and continue to mock their God? Well lets see, The profit of the Christian religion, Jesus Christ, was just a ordinary criminal killed under Roman law, and these people who were considered Christians were worshipping him. The Romans were very strict of anything that went against their authority. Christians didn’t believe in sacrifice so they wouldn’t kill animals or anything. This was seen at that time as something that should be done to please the Roman Gods and was a benefit of everyone. Accacully, early Christians separated themselves from Romas and wouldn’t participation in a lot of Roman life. Also, many Romans believed that all religions were ancient, so a new religion was an idea that would be like blasphemy for a christian believer. Religion played a big part in roman
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