This Hellenistic Greek mosaic depicts the god Dionysos as a winged spirit riding on a tiger. Dionysos was the god of wine and theatre in ancient Greek religion and myth. Wine played an important role in Greek culture, and the cult of Dionysus was the main religious focus for its consumption. This mosaic was found in what has been called by the archaeologists as the House of Dionysos at Delos, Greece. This mosaic dates from the late 2nd century BC and was used an interior floor decoration made of small, flat, roughly square, pieces of stone or glass of different colours.
The mosaics of Delos, Greece are a significant body of ancient Greek mosaic art. Most of the surviving mosaics from Delos, an island in the Cyclades, date from the Hellenistic period. Among Hellenistic Greek archaeological sites, Delos has one of the highest concentrations of surviving mosaic artworks.
The Hellenistic period covers the period of Mediterranean history from the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC to the emergence of the Roman Empire of about 30 BC. The word Hellas is the original word for Greece, from which the phrase Hellenistic was derived.
Mosaic – House of Dionysos at Delos
- Name: Mosaic – House of Dionysos at Delos
- Date: 2nd century BC
- Material: Marble, ceramic fragments, and pieces of tesserae
- Museum: Archaeological Museum of Delos
“Faithful earth, unfaithful sea.“
– Greek Proverb
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