A Few of My Favorite Ancient Mosaics

In my travels around what was once the Classical world I have been fortunate to view hundreds of ancient mosaics – in situ floor mosaics, wall and ceiling mosaics and mosaic panels mounted in museums. I’ve pulled together a few images here illustrating some of these, with captions. Enjoy!

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Mosaic Panel, House of the Neptune Mosaic, Herculaneum

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Mosaic floor, Women’s changing rooms, Central Baths, Herculaneum

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Simple Black & White Mosaic Floor, House of the Alcove, Herculaneum

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Floor Mosaic, Square of the Guilds, Ostia Antica

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Neptune Mosaic, Baths of Neptune, Ostia Antica

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Mosaic Floor, Pompeii

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Mosaic, Imperial Palace flanked by saints & martyrs, Sant’Apollinare, Ravenna

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Procession of Virgins, Mosaic, Santa’Apollinare, Ravenna

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Late Roman floor mosaic, House of Eustolios, Kourion, Cyprus

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Late Roman mosaic at Kourion, Cyprus depicting Ktisis (meaning creation, foundation or eternity)

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Mosaic panel with dolphins, from a Roman house in Halicarnassos (now Turkey) 4th Century AD

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Fragment of a Roman floor mosaic found in London. Museum of London

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Roman floor mosaic from a villa in Verulamium (modern St Albans), England

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Roman mosaic on display, Verulamium Museum (St Albans), England

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