Pictures & Images of Zeugma Roman Mosaic Museum Art, Artefacts & Antiquities - { 182 images } Created 10 Nov 2018

Pictures photos images of the Roman mosaics of Zeugma Mosaic Museum Gaziantep, Turkey. The Zeugma Mosaic Museum in Gaziantep is the worlds biggest Roman mosaic museum. Its core collection is from Ancient Zeugma archaeology site. In the 1960's it became clear to archaeologists that Zeugma had lost many of its Roman mosaics to illegal excavations. The threat to the Roman mosaics of Zeugma increased in the 1980 when the site came under threat of being covered by a reservoir. this led to intensive excavations at Zeugma to rescue its mosaics. Zeugma, which was founded in the 3rd-4th century B.C. by Seleucus Nicator I, one of Alexander the Great’s commanding generals, is situated at one of the easiest fording places on the Euphrates. Maybe therefore its name, ‘Zeugma’, means ‘bridgehead’ or ‘crossing place’. When the Romans occupied Zeugma its wealthy merchants built villas on the banks of the Euphrates. It is from these villas that the ancient city of Zeugma yielded one of the richest troves of Roman mosaics ever uncovered. One of the highlights of the Zeugma mosaic exhibits is the Gypsy Girl. A fragment from a bigger mosaic shows a girls eyes and half her face. The incredible expression in the girls eyes demonstrates an incredible subtly of the mosaic artists skill. It its hard to imagine that such expressive eyes could be achieved by mosaic. The high quality of the Zeugma mosaics can be seen in mosaics like The Oceanos & Tethys Mosaic, The Poseidon Mosaic and the Mousai Mosaic in which mythical gods are depicted in great reality. There are also some incredible geometric Roman mosaics exhibited at the Zeugma Museum which demonstrate incredibly complex geometric shapes as well as complex 3 dimensional mosaics.

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