This is an introduction to those ancient paintings that are literally the beginning of Jewish Art.  Dura Europos was a polyglot town on the eastern edge of the Roman Empire that boasted pagan temples, churches and a synagogue.  The town was overrun in 257 CE by Sasanian invaders and not uncovered until 1920.  On the synagogue walls there was discovered extensive paintings dDura Europos was a polyglot town on the eastern edge of the Roman Empire that boasted pagan temples, churches and a synagogue. 


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