Tuesday, August 2, 2011

"New" Roman Mosaics

Last week, Roman Mayor Gianni Alemanno, accompanied by the archaeologists on the project, announced the discovery of a long wall mosaic believed to be dated back to the late first century. They are located under the Baths of Trajan on the Oppian Hill, in a tunnel that had previously been used to store explosives and as a tool shed.

The mosaics span a length of thirty-three feet and stand six feet tall. The mosaics depict Apollo, the Greek god of music, poetry, medicine, light and truth, and his muses. The first twenty feet of mosaics were unearthed in 1998, along with the "Painted City" fresco, below.

Archaeologists believe that the entire area was a museum of sorts, where wealthy Romans gathered to discuss art, culture and music.

I know it's hard work, but I've always wanted to take part in a dig. I admire the knowledge and extreme patience of the archaeology team.
 One can only imagine all that is under the city of Rome!

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  1. stunning find...and to think it has been "buried right under their feet" for so long...and now newly discovered....amazing pics..



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