The Coptic Cross. Look closely and you will see An Ancient Egyptian carrying it. Was this Cross censoring the pagan carving? Or was the Christian carver making a subtle statement regarding the important role Egypt played in upholding the faith?

Croix copte (égyptiens non musulmans), réutilisée par les cathares puis les templiers.

Terracotta oil lamp with the Greek letters of CHI (the cross or 'X'), and the letter RHO. The combination of these two symbols for the early Christians spelled CHRist. A decorative border surrounds the monogram. Traces of carbon residue about the wick hole. 300-400 AD (5")

Terracotta oil lamp with the Greek letters of CHI (the cross or 'X'), and the letter RHO. The combination of these two symbols for the early Christians spelled CHRist. A decorative border surrounds the monogram. Traces of carbon residue about the wick hole. 300-400 AD (5")

Detail of a mosaic representing a cabinet containing the gospels (mosaic). Paleo-Christian, (4th century). also known as the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia; UNESCO World Heritage Site; Oratorio di Galla Placidia, Ravenna, Italy

Detail of a mosaic representing a cabinet containing the gospels (mosaic). Paleo-Christian, (4th century). also known as the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia; UNESCO World Heritage Site; Oratorio di Galla Placidia, Ravenna, Italy

Hercules in the garden of the Hesperides | Unknown | 4th century | fresco | 33 1/2 x 33 1/2 in | Catacomb of the Via Latina, Rome, Italy

Hercules in the garden of the Hesperides | Unknown | 4th century | fresco | 33 1/2 x 33 1/2 in | Catacomb of the Via Latina, Rome, Italy

Funerary plaque with Christian Symbols (marble). Paleo-Christian. Catacombs of San Callisto, Rome, Italy

Funerary plaque with Christian Symbols (marble). Paleo-Christian. Catacombs of San Callisto, Rome, Italy

Detail (Chi Rho sided by two columns and topped by a dove) of a 3rd century AD paleochristian sarcophagus in the Cappella di sant'Aquilino chapel in the Basilica di San Lorenzo Maggiore in Milan, Italy

Detail (Chi Rho sided by two columns and topped by a dove) of a 3rd century AD paleochristian sarcophagus in the Cappella di sant'Aquilino chapel in the Basilica di San Lorenzo Maggiore in Milan, Italy


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