Compare and Contrast Essay

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To be a follower of Christ, in certain Christian denominations, is to indoctrinate the ideas of Christ’s resurrection, in addition,adhering to the concept that God is a triune— "God, the Son, and the Holy Ghost". These themes are ubiquitous in much of Late Antiquity/Early Christian Art, as seen in the Good Shepherd fresco, as well as Early Renaissance, referencing Masaccio’s "Holy Trinity". Both works were created in extremely different religious climates from one another, however they each promoted religious themes from the Bible, connecting a distinct tie to death. The Good Shepherd is a fresco that can be found in the Catacomb of Saint Peter and Marcellinus in Rome. It was created approximately around third century CE. The fresco technique was widely used during the Ancient Roman era and was probably adapted from the Ancient Greeks. Fresco paint consist of fresh, moist plaster with pigments dissolved in water. Catacombs were underground cemetery consisting of a subterranean gallery with recesses for tombs called loculi; this is were the corps would lay to rest. Only the nobility of Rome could be buried within the city of Rome itself; the lower class resorted to burying loved ones underground, around the perimeter of the city. The material underground, tufa, was strong and easy to carve. The emergence of Christianity constituted as problematic for leaders of the Roman Empire. Since there was a lack of regard for Roman polytheism amongst Christian followers, as punishment, Christians were persecuted and taken to execution. Under the reign of Emperors Decius (250 CE) and Diocletian (303-305 CE), Christians suffered the worst periods for religious persecution. Many sources regard the catacombs as hideouts to avoid persecution (AAU). Other references lead with the notion that the act of venturing down to catacombs to hold Eucharist and holy vigilance was

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