Pictures & Images of Roman Mosaics of El Djem (Jem) Archaeology Museum, Tunisia - { 465 images } Created 21 Nov 2018

Pictures & images of the Roman Mosaic antiquities from ancient Thysdrus exhibited at El Djem (Jem) Archaeology Museum, El Djem , Tunisia. The El Djem (Jem) Archaeology Museum has been built on the site of a Roman villa next to the Archaeology site of El Djem (Jem) which was the Roman city of Thysdrus. The El Djem (Jem) Museum has a fine collection of Roman mosaic of the 2nd and 3rd century AD excavated from Thysdrus. The mosaics from the Roman Province of Africa Proconsularis are some of the finest Roman mosaics produced. The wealth of Africa Proconsularis allowed for fine villas decorated with fine mosaic floors to be built. Thysdrus later became part of the Roman Province of Byzacena. In 238 AD Thysdrus was at the centre of a struggle to control the Roman Empire: Gordian I was helped by a riot of Thysdrus citizens and because of them was named emperor. One of the most popular themes of the Roman mosaics at El Djem (Jem) Museum are of the life of Dionysus and his teacher Silenus. Dionysus is the god of wine and as an adult is usually depicted drunk in the mosaics. As a child Dionysus is depicted in the mosaics riding a panther. Silenus is also depicted as drunk often riding a donkey as he cannot walk. Another popular theme of the Roman Mosaics at El Djem (Jem) Museum is the Four Seasons and the Muses. The Four seasons myth revolves around Persephone, daughter of Zeus, who was abducted by Hades and taken to the underworld. Demeter, Persephone’s mother, became so distraught that she withheld her blessings from the world and the leaves fell off the trees and everything shrivelled up and died. Zeus ordered Hades to bring Persephone back but he refused but eventually came to an agreement that Persephone could return home for 6 months of the year. During these visits Demeter was happy and the leaves grew back on the trees and the flowers bloomed. This is The Roman Muses Mosaics at El Djem (Jem) Museum depict the Nine Muses from ancient Greek mythology. The Muses are the inspirational goddesses of literature, science, and the arts.

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