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CLIP 11842

The Hinton St Mary mosaic (audio).

The Hinton St Mary mosaic (audio).

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Key Info
  • The Hinton St Mary mosaic (audio).
  • Duration: 13:00
  • Neil MacGregor explores the blending of Christianity with the Roman world under the Emperor Constantine in the 4th century AD. The mosaic was found in the ruins of a villa in Dorset. MacGregor describes how the location of the mosaic alongside Roman pagan imagery illustrates the changing religious beliefs of the Romans. The emperor Constantine had a religious conversion and made Christianity legal in the Roman empire. The artistic depiction of Christ on the mosaic, mixes pagan symbolism with Christian beliefs and the common hope of eternal life after death. This clip was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 as part of the ‘History of the World in 100 Objects’ series. Please note this is an audio clip and only available in Flash.
  • Subject:

    Classical Studies



  • Keywords: Romans, Roman Britain, mosaic, Chistianity, Constantine, Roman empire, belief, history, Jesus, Pagans, HistoryoftheWorld
Ideas for use in class
  • Illustrating the legalisation of Christianity and the process by which it was adopted and blended into Roman life. Could lead to a wider discussion of how we undertake this same process in our own lives in the modern world. Images of the object and further information, including a full transcription of the programme, can be found on the programme page:
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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