Palm Sunday sarcophagus

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One of the most fascinating bits of a recent holiday in Rome was an opportunity to see ancient – and often very intricate – Christian carvings and inscriptions in the Vatican Museum, many depicting Biblical scenes. This is a detail from a third century sarcophagus: the earliest depiction of Palm Sunday I’ve seen. Jesus imagined as Apollo rather than Zeus, a refreshing change…

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