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Triclinium Mosaic
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Overview looking south at the mosaic in the “triclinium” (dining hall) of the Roman Villa.

Along the near edges (right and left) note the plain white mosaic portions.  These are the areas where the dinners reclined, and thus they are quite plain.

In the center of the image is a rectangular mosaic inside of a rectangular outline.  The outer band of the mosaic contains 22 medallions of intertwined acanthus leaves that contain a variety of figures.

In the central section are fifteen panels that depict scenes associated with the life of Dionysus, the good of wine and merriment in Greek mythology.

For another general view of the mosaic Click Here.

Convenient and helpful information on this mosaic can be found in:  Murphy-O'Connor, Jerome. The Holy Land: An Oxford Archaeological Guide From Earliest Times to 1700. Revised and expanded Fifth ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008, pp. 472-73.