Christ as Sol Invictus.
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Title:Christ as Sol Invictus
Notes:"Ceiling Mosaic - Christus helios, the mosaic of Sol in Mausoleum M, which is interpreted as Christ-Sol (Christ as the Sun). Mosaic of the Vatican grottoes under St. Peter's Basilica, on the ceiling of the tomb of the Julii. Representation of Christ as the sun-god Helios or Sol Invictus riding in his chariot. Early Christian and pagan beliefs are combined in this third century mosaic of Christ as a sun-god. The triumphant Christ/god, with rays shooting from his head, is pulled aloft by two rearing horses in his chariot. The Dionysian vines in the background become the vines of Christ." -- [from Wikimedia]
Date:mid 3rd century
Building:Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano

Scripture:Psalm 37:1-11
Ephesians 5:8-14
Lectionary links:ALent04
General Subject:Sol, the sun god

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Attribution:Christ as Sol Invictus, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved October 21, 2016]. Original source: Wikimedia.
Record Number:49946 Last Updated: 2014-03-25 15:23:20 Record Created: 2007-02-21 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition