|Votives (Roman influences)|
|The Hinton St. Mary's Christ|
We also got to get up close with the Hinton St Mary Mosaic. It is one of the first known representations of Christ in the British Isles... it was fun listening to her explain how they can tell this one is Christ, rather than one of the Roman gods. ...part of the challenge for the mosaic maker would have been figuring out how to do a representation of someone he had never seen (as there were not yet lots of images around... it was easier to do roman gods since they all had attributes to help you recognize them: ie. lyre, arrows, trident, apples, etc). We learned that the two letters behind his head are the first two letters of his name. We also learned that the romans invented concrete. how did i not already know that?!