Death Within Mosaics

Brenna Glassheim

Gilgamesh"grew fearful of death, and so wander[s] the wild" (X 239). The ram was found in the 'Great Death Pit' as part of the Royal Tombs, but actually symbolizes fertility&the importance of wildlife
This piece more symbolizes death, as there are lions on it attacking other animals. It was also found in the 'Great Death Pit'. Gilgamesh killed "bear, hyena lion..."(X 259) which correlates with this
This painting depicts death as gentle and sheds a more positive light on it. Relating to the Trials of Socrates, he doesn't seem to be afraid to die. He ends his apology saying "whether life or death is better is known to God, and to God only" (78). This implies that maybe death will be better than the life he had to live.
This piece obviously shows the death of a gladiator. Although Socrates wasn't necessarily a gladiator, I believe he was strong and brave like one and also died with that same strength and bravery. Socrates knows that the city "will not easily find another man to fill [his] place" (59) and he is right. No other person will ever be able to stand up for themselves against a whole city, and this portrays his bravery.
This drawing reminds me of the flood from Genesis and Noah's ark. It shows some people in a boat in great waters and the land in the background almost looks like it's getting destroyed. This relates to Genesis and the flood when it says "the waters rose and increased greatly on the earth" (7:18) and "every living thing that moved on land perished" (7:21). This drawing seems to correlate with the destruction caused by the flood.
Although this photograph depicts all the bodies left over after battle, I think it resembles what the aftermath of the flood could have looked like. Genesis says that "every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out" (7:23), much like this photograph displays all the men after battle wiped out. Genesis also says "God saw how corrupt the earth had become" (6:12). I think this also relates to this photograph because battles usually deal with corruption and how wicked people can be. This usually brings about many unwarranted casualties.
This piece actually shows the healing of The Cardinal; however, it reminded me of all of the sick people Jesus heals throughout the Gospel of Luke. Jesus says "there were many in Israel with leprosy" (4:27) and in Luke 17, heals ten men with leprosy all at once.
This picture is what I feel like people would look like mourning after Jesus' death. Luke 23 speaks of "all the people who had gathered to witness"(23:48) Jesus' crucifixion and how people kept visiting his tomb. I think people realized all Jesus did for them and greatly grieved for him after his loss.
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