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
From https://www.jta.org/jewniverse/2016/destroyed-by-isis-this-ancient-syrian-synagogue-had-jaw-dropping-murals:
“In 1932, the nearly intact ruins of a synagogue were excavated in Dura-Europos, a former garrison and trading center on the Euphrates river in eastern Syria. The shul’s construction was traced back to 244 CE, making it one of the oldest in the world—at least until ISIS destroyed it in 2013.”
“Dura-Europos
A Greek settlement on the Euphrates not far from Syria’s border with Iraq, Dura-Europos later became one of Rome’s easternmost outposts. It housed the world’s oldest known Christian church, a beautifully decorated synagogue, and many other temples and Roman-era buildings. Satellite imagery shows a cratered landscape inside the city’s mud-brick walls, evidence of widespread destruction by looters.”

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
  • 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
  • Anointing King David
  • Red Sea Crossing
    Dura-Europos synagogue, Syria, mid-3rd century
  • 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.
  • Typical Roman tunic and toga
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