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published on 26 April 2012
Roman mosaic from the 2nd century CE depicting Odysseus and the Sirens. Displayed in the Bardo Museum in Tunisia.
Orpheus mosaic from the dining room of a Roman private house at Miletus, first half of 2nd century CE (Pergamon Museum, Berlin)
Early Roman Empire portrait of Thucydides found on a mosaic floor at Seleuceia (Turkey), Antalya Museum.
A 2nd century CE floor mosaic depicting Dionysos and satyrs with laurel crowns. From the area of the Villa della Farnesina, Rome. (Palazzo Massimo, Rome)
A 3rd century CE Roman floor mosaic depicting Bacchus, god of wine. From via Flaminia, Rome. (Palazzo Massimo, Rome).
A Roman floor mosaic in geometric design dating to the late 1st century CE. From a villa near Guido Castle, near Rome. (Palazzo Massimo, Rome).
3rd century CE Roman floor mosaic depicting a retiarius armed with trident and dagger fighting against a secutor. From the Roman villa in Nennig, Germany.
Roman glassware includes some of the finest pieces of art ever produced in antiquity and the very best were valued higher than wares made with precious metals. However, plain glass vessels such as cups, bowls, plates, and bottles were also used as everyday containers, in particular, for storing and serving food and drinks. Glass was also used by the Romans... [continue reading]
A Roman floor mosaic dating to the 1st century BCE and depicting Nike. From a Roman villa near via Ruffinella, Rome. (Palazzo Massimo, Rome).
Mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials. The earliest known examples of mosaics made of different materials were found at a temple building in Ubaid, Mesopotamia, and are dated to the second half of 3nd millennium BCE. They consist of pieces of colored stones, shells and ivory. Excavations... [continue reading]