Terra Catacombe Meaning

Early Christian Funerary Art

FOR THE MOST PART, existing examples of Christian visual art come from Rome and date to the beginning of the third century c.e gt , a time when Roman Christians weTe enjoying a brief respite from the widespread but sporadic persecutions they had suffered during the reign of Marcus Aurelius 160-180 . During the relatively tolerant reign of Emperor Commodus ISO-192 , the church acquired land outside the city walls-, on the Via Appia Antica, for use as a burial ground, allowing them to inter...