ings on the wa
lls,whic h are techn
i cally k no wn as g raffiti.
The earliest of these are f ound in t he catacomb of Callistus. Th
ey go back to the year 143 2 w hen me mb ers of the Academy with Pomenio Le to at th
went down into thecatacomb to look for a rtistic r elics of an ti quity.
They were, however, disa
ppointed in their expecta ti ons. Since t hese h alf pagan humanists
h ad no interest in Chri stian a nti quiti es, they
no mentio n of their fruitless exc ur sions
in their learned writings, though they
left their names
scratc hed upon the walls. But Jesus knew better, and
said so in the plainest words pos sible. 'This the one... here is not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist...And
if you're willing t o accept it, he is the Elijah
who has come. He who h as ears, let hi m hear.' Matt: 11:11-15 and John said he wasn't.
Which of the two is to be believed Jes us or Joh n? The
re are monks
of the desert who