Ancient Mosaic of Apollo Uncovered in Rome
July 29, 2011 Leave a comment
A rather interesting find:
Rome — Excavations in the bowels of an ancient Roman hill have turned up a well-preserved, late 1st century wall mosaic with a figure of Apollo, nude except for a colorful mantle over a shoulder.
Archaeologists and city officials unveiled the recent find to reporters Friday on the Oppian Hill.
The mosaic-covered wall is 16 meters (53 feet) wide and at least 2 meters (6.6 feet) high. Officials think the wall continues down some 8 meters (26.5 feet) more.
Archaeologists say the wall appears to be in a tunnel built to help support Trajan’s Baths, named for the emperor who ruled from 98 till 117. The mosaic, which also depicts a Muse, apparently embellished a room where wealthy Romans gathered to hear music and discuss art.
In Roman and Greek mythology Apollo, who was the son of Zeus and Leto, was the god of beauty, music, and poetry.
Discovery News has some really great (and close up) photos here.