Nick Page

Solomon, Socrates and Aristotle

Sounds like the Brazilian football team of the 80s, but we’re talking a wall painting in Pompeii.

Painted some time before 79 AD (the date when Pompeii had that little run-in with Vesuvius) the painting is the earliest known painting of a biblical scene, and it shows Solomon sitting in judgment.

But according to this article from the BAR, the painting also features the philosophers Socrates and Aristotle. The idea, apparently, was to show Greek philosophy showing respectful attention to Jewish wisdom.

Personally I’m more interested in their comedically large heads.