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Monday, 31 October 2011

Giacinto Gimignani. In Hoc Signo Vinces. Battistero Lateranense (Lateran Baptistery). Roma ITALY. 17th century

In Hoc Signo Vinces

Giacinto Gimignani

17th century

Battistero Lateranense (Lateran Baptistery)

Roma (Province of RomaLazio RegionITALY


Sunday, 28 August 2011

Unknown Artist. St Cerbasius. Basilica di San Vitale Ravenna. ITALY. 6th century

St Cerbasius

Unknown artist

6th century

Basilica di San Vitale

Ravenna (Province of Ravenna. Emilia-Romagna Region) ITALY


I found little information about St Cerbasius, except that he was a Martyr of one of the Pagan Roman Persecutions. Most probably, he died in the razzias undertaken by Maximian, who was the most vicious executor during the Great Diocletian Persecution. Maximian ruled Italia, Africa, and Hispaniae from Mediolanum (modern Milano); as Ravenna was nearby, it meant that the area probably suffered more than usual, due to its geographical propinquity to an imperial capital (which was no longer Roma by the late third century). Conversely, foxy Bishop Mensurius of Carthage was aided in his successful deceptions by the fact that his city was far away from the imperial court, at the extreme southern limit of Maximian’s territories), so, his pagan magistrate friend (were they old school chums?) didn’t feel so pressured to conform exactly to the letter (let alone the spirit) of Maximian’s decrees.


Friday, 26 August 2011

Unknown Artist. Pope John VII. Pinacoteca Vaticana. VATICAN CITY (Roma)

Pope John VII

Unknown Artist

8th century

Pinacoteca Vaticana. Vatican Museums



John VII (circa 650-707) (ruled 705-707) is one of the Popes of Rome labelled as being under the “Byzantine Captivity“. That terminology is asinine… “Byzantine” is a Germanic neologism of the 16th century, to use it for earlier periods is anachronistic, and we Orthodox shouldn’t tolerate its usage amongst us. In any case, Rome was under Imperial (that’s to say, New Roman) rule from 532 to 751, so, it’s natural that the Vasileos/Imperator would approve episcopal elections, just as he did in other parts of the Empire… that’s an integral part of the concept of “Symphonia”. John’s father was the imperial cura palatii urbis Romae, or Administrator of the Palatine Hill; native Romans (Latin-speaking “Italians“, if you will) were an integral part of Imperial society. In like manner, the Popes of Rome were part of the Pentarchy (the five Ancient Patriarchates, the contemporary system of Church governance within the Empire), they had no secular state (no bishop had or has that… the so-called “Papal States” only date from 756, after the collapse of New Roman Imperial (“Byzantine”) authority in Italy), nor were they “rulers” of the Church (let alone “infallible” or having “immediate jurisdiction” over every diocese). Could the papacy return to this primitive state? It could… but I’m not holding my breath waiting for it to happen. Let’s have friendship and good will. Unity? .That’s not possible under present conditions… and all sane people know it.


Monday, 5 July 2010

Unknown Artist. Athena Varvakeion. Roman copy. first half of the 3rd century AD. Copy of 5th century BC original

Athena Varvakeion

Unknown Artist

first half of the 3rd century AD. Roman copy. original 5th century BC

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