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Zacchaeus in a tree, associated with Jesus's entry into Jerusalem - apparently a conflation of Luke 19:1 and Luke 19:36. While no surviving texts associate Zacchaeus with Jerusalem, Zacchaeus seems to have been regarded as more important in the 3rd-4th centuries than his single mention in the New Testament indicates. In the Stromata of Clement of Alexandria (Stromata, Book 4, Chapter 2), Zacchaeus seems to be equated with Matthias, the disciple chosen to replace Judas Iscariot. A major character named Zacchaeus, not necessarily the same one who climbs the tree, also appears in the Infancy Gospel of Thomas.

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Keywords: archaeology, imperial portraiture, emperor, iconography, ancient Rome