Ecce Homo (behold the man)

Ecce homo ("behold the man") are the Latin words used by Pontius Pilate in the Vulgate translation of John, when he presents a scourged Jesus Christ, bound and crowned with thorns, to a hostile crowd shortly before his Crucifixion. The original Greek is ἰδοὺ ὁ ἄνθρωπος (idou ho anthropos), and the Douay-Rheims Bible translates the phrase into English as "Behold the Man".


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Antonio Ciseri's depiction of Ecce Homo, 1871 CE. The scene has been widely depicted in Christian art. The usual depiction shows Pilate and Christ, the mocking crowd and parts of the city of Jerusalem. Antonio Ciseri's 1871 Ecce Homo portrayal presents a semi-photographic view of a balcony seen from behind the central figures of a scourged Christ and Pilate (whose face is not visible). The crowd forms a distant mass, almost without individuality, and much of the detailed focus is on the normally secondary figures of Pilate's aides, guards, secretary and wife.

circa 150 CE

As it was originally a triumph arch it may have looked something like Arch of Constantine in Rome. Today only the middle large arch is partially visible from the street.

circa 150 CE

The reconstruction of the Ecce Homo Arch, the remains of the original arch are shown here in dark bricks. The smaller arch on the left is today a part of Church of Ecce Homo. The right side arch was incorporated into a monastery for Uzbek dervishes in the Order of the Golden Chain, but this was later demolished, taking the arch with it.

circa 150 CE

The northernmost small arch integrated in the Basillical of Ecce Homo, originally it would have allowed access in to the forum of Hadrian.

circa 150 CE

The reconstruction of the Hadrian's Arch and the surrounding buildings as it might have looked in the year 135 CE. The reconstruction shows the Ecce Homo Arch and the Lithostrotos (gabbatha) which was built over the area where the Struthion Pool was located, Hadrian installed a vaulted ceiling over the pool to allow the construction of his forum plaza.

circa 150 CE

Ecce Homo Arch, 1864, Ordnance Survey of Jerusalem, James McDonald.

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