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In Photos: A Journey Through Early Christian Rome

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Frescoes, Papal Crypts & Early Christian Writing

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From frescoes depicting Jonas and the whale to a reconstruction of a papal crypt within the Roman catacombs and some of the earliest Christian writings,…Read More »









early Christian Rome holds a bounty of history. While most of the 19th-century publications used hand drawings, as you move into the 20th century, photography became more common. Here's a look at early Christian artifacts through the eyes of 19th-century scholars.

(Shown above, an old engraved illustration of catacombs and Saint Thraso, or Saint Saturninus, from the Trousset encyclopedia 1886 – 1891.)

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