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Mosaics of Zeugma


Oceanus. Archaeological Museum of Gaziantep (Turkey). Photo Marco Prins.
Room with an Oceanus mosaic
Zeugma (Belkıs): one of the main crossings of the Upper-Euphrates., famous for the many mosaics excavated in the 1990s

In the 1990's, the Turkish government built a large dam in the Euphrates near Birecik, wich would inundate Zeugma. Although most of the ruins of the ancient city were sumberged, the famous mosaics were saved, and are now in the Zeugma Mosaic Museum in Gazi Antep.

One of the remarkable aspects is the frequent representation of Oceanus and Tethys, the parents of the river Euphrates. It is also interesting that many mosaics were signed by the artist (e.g., Zosimus).
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Penelope fresco and Aphrodite mosaic. Archaeological Museum of Gaziantep (Turkey). Photo Marco Prins. Penelope. Archaeological Museum of Gaziantep (Turkey). Photo Marco Prins. Aphrodite. Archaeological Museum of Gaziantep (Turkey). Photo Marco Prins. Eros and Psyche. Archaeological Museum, Gaziantep (Turkey). Photo Marco Prins.
Penelope fresco and Aphrodite mosaic Penelope Aphrodite Eros and Psyche
Akratos. Archaeological Museum of Gaziantep (Turkey). Photo Marco Prins. Euphrates. Archaeological Museum of Gaziantep (Turkey). Photo Marco Prins. Gaia. Archaeological Museum of Gaziantep (Turkey). Photo Marco Prins. Parthenope and Metiochos. Archaeological Museum of Gaziantep (Turkey). Photo Marco Prins.
Akratos Euphrates Gaia (Mother Earth) Parthenope and Metiochos
Achilles on Skyros. Mosaic from Zeugma. Archaeological Museum, Gaziantep (Turkey). Photo Marco Prins. Oceanus. Archaeological Museum of Gaziantep (Turkey). Photo Marco Prins. Galatea and a satyr. Archaeological Museum of Gaziantep (Turkey). Photo Marco Prins. Theonoe. Archaeological Museum of Gaziantep (Turkey). Photo Marco Prins.
Achilles on Skyros Europa Galatea and a satyr Theonoe

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