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Gods and spirits in Roman Britain

Hinton St Mary mosaic

Length: 8.1 m
Width: 5.2 m

 

P&EE 1965 4-9 1

Hinton St Mary mosaic

From: Dorset
Date: 4th century AD

After the death of Jesus Christ, Christianity began to spread across the Empire. At first the Romans disliked Christians and sometimes even had them put to death. But after the emperor Constantine was converted to Christianity it soon became the most widespread religion.

Mosaic floors like this one, made from lots of little pieces of coloured stone and tile, were very popular across the Empire. This mosaic is famous as it is the earliest known picture of Christ surviving from Britain. X and P are the first two letters of 'Christ' in Greek.