The Destruction of Ai

5th century, with medieval and modern restorations
Mosaic
Nave, Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome

In the lower register God tells Joshua to destroy the city of Ai (spelled "Hai" in the Vulgate and Douay-Rheims). In the upper register Joshua does so. See Joshua 8:1-29.

This is part of the extensive series of Old Testament scenes portrayed in mosaics along the two walls of the nave. To view the others, follow this link

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Photographed at the basilica by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.