Alleged Christian Crosses in Herculaneum and Pompeii

In: Vigiliae Christianae
John Granger Cook LaGrange College

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The thesis that cil 4, 10062 and two cruciform artefacts in Herculaneum and Pompeii are Christian crosses, which indicate a pre-Vesuvian Christian presence in Campania, cannot be sustained. cil 4, 10062 most probably portrays a scrawl. The cruciform indentation in a wall of Herculaneum was probably left by the support for a shelf. The bas relief of a bakery in Pompeii likely indicates some kind of baker’s tool.

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