Detail of the Sarcophagus of Domatilla: The Carrying of the Cross

Mid-4th century
Museo Pio Christiano, Rome

The man carrying the cross is not Jesus, whom the other panels present as taller than the other figures, dressed in a toga, and carrying a scroll to symbolize his authority. Rather, the small figure in the short tunic here is Simon of Cyrene, whom the synoptic gospels say the soldiers forced to carry the cross.

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Photographed at the museum by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.