Wall-paintings at Carnuntum (Lower Austria). Review about the current results
. Apart from two articles from H. Brandenstein the ancient paintings of Carnuntum were unknown. Along with the excavation-projects which started in 2001 some wall-paintings were uncovered in the houses I and II
. But during the researches in the
a fountain was examined which was nearly completely filled with roman paintings. Most of them are part from two different ceiling-paintings which were destroyed by an earthquake in the middle of the 4
century. One could be identified as a coffered ceiling-decoration
with red and blue coffers. The other consists of several frames with two winged persons and some animals
Whereas researchers were hitherto focused on literary sources and monuments from ancient Rome this article deals with objects from Late Antiquity connecting Early-Christian and pagan illustrations, especially from the Hungarian part of the Roman Empire. Under the influence of Christian religion combined with modifications in Roman law, several changes had an impact on the environments of children. The question is whether these alterations had also an effect on the pictures of children. For examining this presumption, depictions of children and infant Christ are investigated because Christian art is linked to the tradition of pagan Roman art. So a separation of these two groups of representations makes absolutely no sense but has been done by scholars until now.