ESP Biography



WILLIAM BEARCROFT, ESP Teacher




Major: CAAH

College/Employer: Oxford

Year of Graduation: 2019

Picture of William Bearcroft

Brief Biographical Sketch:

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Past Classes

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A Christian catacomb in Ancient Rome: mixing the sacred with the profane in Splash Hilary 2019
The Via Latina catacomb is a house for the dead. Hidden underground from the 4th century AD until the 1950s by a road near Rome, it contained some 400 bodies, yet the paintings on its walls are alive with colour and stories. What can these images tell us about the people buried here? There are many Biblical scenes but also present are a wide variety of pagan ones. Hercules holds the three headed dog Cerberus on a leash and a gorgon stares from the ceiling. For many modern viewers, these images were uncomfortable inclusions in a Christian space. This course will look at what we can say about Christian art and belief in 4th century Rome and, though we may find it strange, why these pagan stories might have had a place among the Christian dead.