Alexamenos Graffito

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For a clearer picture, check out Wikipedia.

We’ve all seen graffiti – if not on the side of a building, then certainly on the side of a train, (I think someone gives lessons on the train-graffitti font.)

You might not know about the piece of graffiti called the Alexamenos Graffitti though.

Many momentous occasions have happened in the city of Rome which is why it has its own museum – the Palatine Antiquarian Museum. A building that houses many artifacts and relics many of them religious in nature. One of those relics saved is a piece of graffiti.

Although the picture is extremely old, (Researchers  guess somewhere around A.D. 200) it was not discovered until 1857. The drawing has two figures Рone being crucified, the other bowing down, his arm outstretched. What is different about this picture is the man who is being crucified has the head of a donkey. In other words, it is a mockery (graffiti) of the crucifixion,

Because of the subject matter and the date, Bible scholars consider it the earliest picture of Christ on the cross. Someone drew it in cruelty of an early worshiper who honored Christ.

The only thing we know about Alexamenos is he was a Christian who loved God and was scorned for his beliefs.

Interesting that mockery and scorn isn’t something new,

(I did not know about this graffiti either until reading about it in Tim Challies’ book – Epic an-Around-the-World Journey through Chirstian History. I would highly recommend the book for both you and your older children. Published by Zondervan in 2020.)81Td02iz3EL._AC_UY218_.jpg


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