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Guy Gaswint

There are several of syncretism between Jewish or Early Christian art and architecture of the Romans. The Royal Complex of Herodium incorporated a bathhouse bathhouse that resembled traditional Roman architecture. The columns at St. Peters Basilica are very similar to those from famous Roman structures. The Oratory of Galla Placidia shows Saint Lawrence, with a toga and sandals, this appears to be an attempt at displaying that he was a roman citizen. The evolution of art seems to be driven by the evolution of the society around it. We know that throughout history artist have been persecuted if they did not conform to beliefs, values and norms of the time. I feel as if the incorporation of Roman influences was not only due to aesthetics but also used as a way to fit in with societal norms but also to avoid any backlash.