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Roman tombstone with Christian iconography. Amias Licinia de

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Early Christian Art. Italy. Early Christians. Roman tombstone with Christian iconography. Amias Licinia deceased. Representation of fish. Detail. Vatican Necropolis. Early third century A.D. Baths of Diocletian, part of the National Roman Museum Rome. Italy

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Anchor Antique Baths Christians Diocletian Funerary Iconographic Iconography Latin Necropolis Romans Stele Times Tombstone Vatican Written


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1. Title: "Amias Licinia: A Early Christian Tombstone from the Vatican Necropolis - Anchor and Fish Iconography, Early Third Century A.D." 2. Description: This evocative image showcases a well-preserved Roman tombstone, hailing from the Vatican Necropolis, bearing early Christian iconography. Dated to the early third century A.D., this funerary stele is an essential relic from the formative period of Christianity in Europe. 3. Background: The tombstone, inscribed with the name "Amias Licinia," is decorated with a relief of a fish and an anchor. These symbols hold deep significance in early Christian art and iconography. The fish was a common Christian symbol representing Jesus Christ, as the acronym "ICHTHYS" (ΙΧΘΥΣ) in Greek translates to "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior." The anchor, meanwhile, symbolizes hope and the promise of salvation. 4. Historical Context: The discovery of this tombstone in the Vatican Necropolis, situated near the Baths of Diocletian, which is now part of the National Roman Museum in Rome, Italy, is a testament to the coexistence of Roman and early Christian communities during this period. The use of Christian iconography on funerary monuments became increasingly common as Christianity gained popularity in the Roman Empire. 5. Artistic Detail: The intricate detailing of the fish and anchor on the tombstone is a prime example of the fusion of Roman and early Christian art during this transitional period. The fish is depicted with its mouth open, revealing the cross within, while the anchor is shown with its rope coiled neatly at the bottom. 6. Conclusion: This tombstone, with its poignant inscription and powerful Christian symbols, offers a glimpse into the rich history of the early Christian community in Italy and the broader European context. The intricate detailing and the use of iconography on this tombstone serve as a reminder of the enduring influence of early Christian art on Western art history.

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