The Louvre, Paris, France
Last year a good friend of mine visited Italy with her man. When I heard she was going I said I would forgive her for not taking me along if she sent me photos of mosaics.
These mosaics are found at Ostia Antica. They were the floors of the bath houses. The town Ostia Antica was buried by flooding and soot settlement of the Tiber River. It was a major harbour city for Rome, almost 75,000 people had lived here at one time. It has more of a real life look at the people of Roman times than Pompeii. Pompeii was the ‘resort town’ with vast richness. Ostia was a working town – and less crowded with tourists.
Looking at Wikipedia, Ostia Antica was an important military town as the mouth of the Tiber was a potential gateway to Rome itself. It was founded by Ancus Marcius, the fourth king of Rome.
The Three GracesBetween Silifke and Mersin there is the little fishing village Narlikuyu. It is on the 20th km of Silifke – Mersin highway.
Narlikuyu is famous with a bath remaining near the seashore. This bath was built by Poimenius in the 4th century during the Roman period. You can see beautiful mosaics on the floor of bath. The tiny museum displays that beautiful Roman mosaic. In this mosaic there are three naked girls dancing with partridges and doves. Those three girls are semi-god semi-human daughters of Zeus. The mosaic represents the “Three Graces” with the goddesses Aglaia(Grace), Euphrosyne(Merriment), and Thalia(Charm).
According to the inscription it was presented by governor of the Prince’ Islands, Poimenios, who controlled the flow of water from spring and built a bath here.