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Aubri Stogsdill

We do see syncretism through early Christian and Jewish art. One area that I saw this was in the Cubiculum of Leonis, Catacomb of Commodilla, Rome. Christ is Depicted with a halo, which was borrowed from Roman Emperors. Christ is also depicted the way a Greek scholar would have been in order to be understood as a wise person. Also, in the sculpture of the good shepherd, we see Christ depicted carrying a lamb on his shoulders, which was commonly used in Greek and Roman art to depict the pagan sacrifice of a ram. Early Christians used this same motif in order to portray Christ laying his life down for the church. This sort of ‘overlap’ or borrowing from other cultures in art is very prevalent through history and is especially evident in Early Jewish and Christian art.