Talleisim – Dura Europos Frescoes

The details of the garments represented in the Dura-Europos synagogue frescoes match very well with clothing depicted in Byzantine Chiristian images dating from the 3rd to 8th century (with the exception of tzitzit).
The tunics are angusticlavia, a narrow-strip tunic (tunica) with two narrow vertical Tyrian purple stripes (clavi). This tunic was typically worn under the toga with the right side stripe visible. The part of the tallit/toga that might resemble the stripes are gammadia or similar decorative ornaments.
Such clothings was worn by upper class Romans and criticism of such dress would therefore be class-related, rather than motivated by religion.
Above comments courtesy: Simon Stoklasa

Additional Images

  • Moshe and the Red Sea Crossing
  • Moshe and the Red Sea Crossing
    Red Sea Crossing
  • Moshe
  • Ezra HaSofer
    Dura-Europos synagogue, Syria, mid-3rd century
  • Ezra HaSofer
  • Ezra HaSofer
  • Avraham
  • Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, 432
  • Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna, Italy, 6th century:
  • Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna, Italy, 6th century:
  • Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna, Italy, 6th century:
  • Moshe at the Burning Bush
    Dura-Europos synagogue, Syria, mid-3rd century
  • Moshe at the Burning Bush
    Dura-Europos synagogue, Syria, mid-3rd century
  • Anointing King David
  • Red Sea Crossing
    Dura-Europos synagogue, Syria, mid-3rd century
  • Typical Roman tunic and toga
  • Moshe Receiving the Luchos
  • Warning: this is a church painting of church ladies.
  • Warning: this is a church painting of "Oso HaIsh" walking on water. For archeological purposes notice the garment being worn.
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