Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in!=== Not 1st century === The remote origins of the catacombs have been obscured by romantic imaginings, and also by the very unsatisfactory state of the archaeological investigations of the surface area. Unfortunately 19th century investigators took the legend of St Domitilla as indicating that the ''[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flavia_(gens) gens Flavia] ''established a Christian hypogeum on the property in the late 1st century, and that this was the beginning of the catacombs. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giovanni_Battista_de_Rossi Giovanni Battista De Rossi] published this assertion in a write-up of his investigations in 1865, and [https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Wilpert Joseph Wilpert] concurred that the frescoes which the "Flavian Hypogeum" contained were 1st century Christian art. Unfortunately, neither assertion could be backed up by evidence from the hypogeum itself. A fragmentary epigraph reading ...''rum ....iorum ''was discovered and read as ''sepulchrum Flaviorum ''("tomb of the Flavians") -a gross example of wishful thinking in palaeography. This criticism notwithstanding, De Rossi and Wilpert were seriously impressive scholars for their time. Letizia Pani Ermini published her conclusive revisionist analysis in 1969 which demonstrated that the hypogeum began as a pagan tomb in the mid or later 2nd century, and was Christianised in the mid 3rd century. Summary: Please note that all contributions to the Churches of Rome Wiki are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) Retrieved from "https://romanchurches.fandom.com/wiki/Santa_Domitilla"