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Predators and Prey: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel
Past Horizons ^ | Monday, April 14, 2014 | Waddesdon Manor (source)

Posted on 04/16/2014 12:03:59 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

One of the oldest surviving complete Roman mosaics dating from 1,700 years ago, a spectacular discovery made in Lod in Israel, will go on show at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, UK... from 5 June – 2 November 2014.

Measuring eight metres long and four metres wide, and in exceptional condition, the Lod mosaic depicts a paradise of birds, animals, shells and fishes, including one of the earliest images of a rhinoceros and a giraffe, richly decorated with geometric patterns and set in lush landscapes.

Ancient city of Lydda
The mosaic was accidentally discovered in 1996, during highway construction work in the Israeli town of Lod, the site of the ancient city of Lydda, just a few miles from Tel Aviv. Lydda was destroyed by the Romans during the Jewish War in 66 AD. It was later re-founded by Hadrian, remained in Roman hands until becoming a Christian city, and eventually succumbed to Arab conquerors in 636 AD.

Mystery surrounds the Lod mosaic: it is thought to have been laid in approximately 300 AD, forming the floor of a private house of a wealthy patron. The rest of the mudbrick walls, once covered with frescoes, had collapsed and preserved the mosaics, but the full extent of the entire complex has yet to be determined. The juxtaposition of animal hunting scenes and a marine scene, combined with the lack of human figures on any of the floors, makes the Lod mosaic uniquely interesting.

The public reaction to the discovery has been extraordinary. When the mosaic was uncovered for a single weekend, over 30,000 people travelled to Lod to see it.

(Excerpt) Read more at pasthorizonspr.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: buckinghamshire; godsgravesglyphs; hadrian; israel; jewishwar; lod; lydda; mosaic; romanempire; telaviv; unitedkingdom; waddesdonmanor
The Lod floor mosaic, late third C.E., Israel Antiquities Authority. Photo: © Israel Antiquities Authority/Nicky Davidov

The Lod floor mosaic, late third C.E., Israel Antiquities Authority. Photo: © Israel Antiquities Authority/Nicky Davidov

1 posted on 04/16/2014 12:03:59 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

2 posted on 04/16/2014 12:05:08 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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This triggered a memory.

Mosaic: The Original Browser
http://nsf.gov/about/history/nsf0050/internet/mosaic.htm

Mosaic, First Real Web Browser, Turns 20
http://www.technewsdaily.com/16513-mosaic-web-browser-turns-20.html

NCSA Mosaic (2.77MB, March 22, 2001, Windows 95/NT/98/2000)
http://download.cnet.com/NCSA-Mosaic/3000-2356_4-14610.html


3 posted on 04/16/2014 12:10:56 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Interesting, and the mosaic is beautiful. A great art form, IMHO (and I am not much into “art”).


4 posted on 04/16/2014 12:29:18 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: SunkenCiv

interesting bit of free association.


5 posted on 04/16/2014 12:46:50 PM PDT by ckilmer
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To: SunkenCiv

Beautiful.


6 posted on 04/16/2014 1:26:04 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Wow, this is in amazing condition!
7 posted on 04/16/2014 2:17:46 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks; love seeing it after curation. I remember seeing the photos of it when first found.


8 posted on 04/16/2014 4:31:39 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: ckilmer
Word Association
Monty Python

9 posted on 04/16/2014 5:21:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: ApplegateRanch

I believe there was one (or more) topics back at that time. Or maybe not, since it was in the 1990s. ;’)


10 posted on 04/16/2014 5:27:57 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: NEMDF

Yeah, those floors were tough, too; in some parts of the empire there was a sort of crawl space (for heating) and the floors were supported on stacks of broken pottery or flagstones, anything that would level up the floor and not get in the way of the circulation of hot air. Even those floors have preserved some of these mosaics. Of course, if was saw the interiors of these homes back when they were new, we’d probably say, tacky, gaudy, tasteless. :’)


11 posted on 04/16/2014 5:30:55 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: colorado tanker; BenLurkin

There are three more shots of stuff, detail of the overview, worth checking out. :’)


12 posted on 04/16/2014 5:31:44 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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[singing] Good day, I hear the robin sing, good day, the thrush is on the wing...
Archaeology Today

13 posted on 04/16/2014 5:32:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
Of course, if was saw the interiors of these homes back when they were new, we’d probably say, tacky, gaudy, tasteless. :’)

It's those nouveau riche types, who make a fortune on the trade in Persian indigo and Athenian pottery. One has a villa out our way, even the roof is in bright colours ... ridiculous. I hope Caesar sends his tax collectors after them ...

14 posted on 04/16/2014 8:54:35 PM PDT by BlackVeil ('The past is never dead. It's not even past.' William Faulkner)
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To: BlackVeil

Of course, if the rich folks of Pompeii would have had access to naugahyde, we’d have preserved fabric upholstery from the Roman Empire, so, there’s a hypothetical upside...


15 posted on 04/17/2014 5:30:07 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: BlackVeil

Wow, did Zero take that title now? ;’)


16 posted on 04/17/2014 7:37:49 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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