Roman Empire Mosaic Floors Photos

Mosaic floors for wealthier Roman Empire houses were in style from the 2nd to 4th C. Designs ranged from monochrome geometric patterns to full polychrome paintings. Subject matter included animals & nature, mythological stories, Roman gods, & sports scenes.

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Hellenistic mosaic with Alexandrine parakeet in altar chamber' of palace V at Pergamon Museum. Berlin, Germany.Roman Orpheus floor mosaic from Miletus at Pergamon Museum. Berlin, Germany.Detail of woman playing lyre over tiger confronting goat on Roman mosaic section of Orpheus floor from Miletus at Pergamon Museum. Berlin, Germany.Detail of winged man between leopard & lion on Roman mosaic section of Orpheus floor from Miletus at Pergamon Museum. Berlin, Germany.
Hellenistic mosaic with Alexandrine parakeet (160-150 BCE) in altar chamber' of palace V at Pergamon Museum. Berlin, Germany.Roman Orpheus floor mosaic from Miletus (2ndC CE) at Pergamon Museum. Berlin, Germany.Detail of woman playing lyre over tiger confronting goat on Roman mosaic section of Orpheus floor from Miletus (2ndC CE) at Pergamon Museum. Berlin, Germany.Detail of winged man between leopard & lion on Roman mosaic section of Orpheus floor from Miletus (2ndC CE) at Pergamon Museum. Berlin, Germany.
Detail of collared bird pecking at flower on Roman mosaic section of Orpheus floor from Miletus at Pergamon Museum. Berlin, Germany.Roman mosaic floor of Theseus battling the Minotaur at Kunsthistorisches Museum. Vienna, Austria.Roman mosaic floor with lion attacking an onager at Getty Museum Villa. Malibu, CA.Gallo-Roman mosaic floor with boxing scene from Villelaure, France at Getty Museum Villa. Malibu, CA.
Detail of collared bird pecking at flower on Roman mosaic section of Orpheus floor from Miletus (2ndC CE) at Pergamon Museum. Berlin, Germany.Roman mosaic floor of Theseus battling the Minotaur (2nd C) at Kunsthistorisches Museum. Vienna, Austria.Roman mosaic floor with lion attacking an onager (c150 CE) at Getty Museum Villa. Malibu, CA.Gallo-Roman mosaic floor with boxing scene (c175 CE) from Villelaure, France at Getty Museum Villa. Malibu, CA.
Roman mosaic of Dionysiac Procession & Muses from Jordan at Yale University Art Gallery. New Haven, CT.Roman floor mosaics & wall painting collection at Trier Archaeological Museum. Trier, Germany.Roman mosaic floor of flowers around head of Medusa from Trier palace complex at Trier Archaeological Museum. Trier, Germany.Roman floor mosaic of nine Muses at Trier Archaeological Museum. Trier, Germany.
Roman mosaic of Dionysiac Procession & Muses (late 2nd-early 3rd C) from Jordan at Yale University Art Gallery. New Haven, CT.Roman floor mosaics & wall painting collection (c2ndC) at Trier Archaeological Museum. Trier, Germany.Roman mosaic floor of flowers around head of Medusa (c100-150) from Trier palace complex at Trier Archaeological Museum. Trier, Germany.Roman floor mosaic of nine Muses (mid 3rdC) at Trier Archaeological Museum. Trier, Germany.
Muses Roman floor mosaic panel of Calliope at Trier Archaeological Museum. Trier, Germany.Muses Roman floor mosaic panels of Terpsichore & Calliope at Trier Archaeological Museum. Trier, Germany.Copy of Roman floor mosaic medallion of horse & dog at Trier Archaeological Museum. Trier, Germany.Fragment of Roman floor mosaic of bear seeking fruit at Trier Archaeological Museum. Trier, Germany.
Muses Roman floor mosaic panel of Calliope (epic poetry) (mid 3rdC) at Trier Archaeological Museum. Trier, Germany.Muses Roman floor mosaic panels of Terpsichore (dance) & Calliope (epic poetry) (mid 3rdC) at Trier Archaeological Museum. Trier, Germany.Copy of Roman floor mosaic medallion of horse & dog (early 3rdC) at Trier Archaeological Museum. Trier, Germany.Fragment of Roman floor mosaic of bear seeking fruit (3rdC) at Trier Archaeological Museum. Trier, Germany.
Fragment of Roman floor mosaic of lion attacking bull at Trier Archaeological Museum. Trier, Germany.Detail of Roman floor mosaic of philosophers at Trier Archaeological Museum. Trier, Germany.Fragment of Roman floor mosaic of two fighters in arena at Trier Archaeological Museum. Trier, Germany.Dionysus mosaic from ruins of a Roman Villa found on site during WWII at Roman Germanic Museum. Köln, Germany.
Fragment of Roman floor mosaic of lion attacking bull (early 3rdC) at Trier Archaeological Museum. Trier, Germany.Detail of Roman floor mosaic of philosophers (mid 3rdC) at Trier Archaeological Museum. Trier, Germany.Fragment of Roman floor mosaic of two fighters in arena (early 4thC) at Trier Archaeological Museum. Trier, Germany.Dionysus mosaic from ruins of a Roman Villa found on site during WWII at Roman Germanic Museum. Köln, Germany.
Dionysus mosaic from ruins of a Roman Villa found on site during WWII at Roman Germanic Museum. Köln, Germany.Dionysus mosaic from ruins of a Roman Villa found on site during WWII at Roman Germanic Museum. Köln, Germany.Erotes Fishing Roman floor mosaic at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.Detail of Erotes Fishing Roman floor mosaic at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.
Dionysus mosaic from ruins of a Roman Villa found on site during WWII at Roman Germanic Museum. Köln, Germany.Dionysus mosaic from ruins of a Roman Villa found on site during WWII at Roman Germanic Museum. Köln, Germany.Erotes Fishing Roman floor mosaic (late 2nd or 3rd C) at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.Detail of Erotes Fishing Roman floor mosaic (late 2nd or 3rd C) at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.
Birds with ribbons Roman floor mosaic Dumbarton Oaks. Washington, DC.Apollo Roman mosaic at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.Roman floor mosaic found in Trier at German Historical Museum. Berlin, Germany.Roman floor mosaic of Aion, god of eternity, in zodiac from Sentinum at Glyptothek. Munich, Germany.
Birds with ribbons Roman floor mosaic Dumbarton Oaks. Washington, DC.Apollo Roman mosaic (late 3rd or 4th C) at Dumbarton Oaks Museum. Washington, DC.Roman floor mosaic (c250) found in Trier at German Historical Museum. Berlin, Germany.Roman floor mosaic of Aion, god of eternity, in zodiac (c200 CE) from Sentinum at Glyptothek. Munich, Germany.
Judgment of Paris mosaic floor from Antioche at Louvre Museum. Paris, France.Mosaic panels with ducks & Roman bust from Vienne. France at Louvre Museum. Paris, France.Roman mosaic floor placed in 19thC in Reims Cathedral. Reims, France.Roman mosaic of Triton, Nereid & sea monster at Beaux-Arts Museum. Lyon, France.
Judgment of Paris mosaic floor (115-150 CE) from Antioche at Louvre Museum. Paris, France.Mosaic panels with ducks & Roman bust (175-225 CE) from Vienne. France at Louvre Museum. Paris, France.Roman mosaic floor placed in 19thC in Reims Cathedral. Reims, France.Roman mosaic of Triton, Nereid & sea monster (late 2nd C BCE) at Beaux-Arts Museum. Lyon, France.
Roman floor mosaic of Bacchus-Dionysus on black panther with characters representing seasons at Gallo Roman Museum. Lyon, France.Roman mosaic of Bacchus at Gallo Roman Museum. Lyon, France.Roman floor mosaic of chariot racing in circus at Gallo Roman Museum. Lyon, France.Roman floor mosaic with cupids wrestling & hunting at Gallo Roman Museum. Lyon, France.
Roman floor mosaic of Bacchus-Dionysus on black panther with characters representing seasons (2nd-3rdC) at Gallo Roman Museum. Lyon, France.Roman mosaic of Bacchus (2nd-3rdC) at Gallo Roman Museum. Lyon, France.Roman floor mosaic of chariot racing in circus at Gallo Roman Museum. Lyon, France.Roman floor mosaic with cupids wrestling & hunting (150-200) at Gallo Roman Museum. Lyon, France.
Roman floor mosaic with a drunk Hercules at Gallo Roman Museum. Lyon, France.Roman floor mosaic with scene of gods at Gallo Roman Museum. Lyon, France.Roman mosaic with theater mask from Nimes at Musée de la Romanité. Nimes, France.Large intact Roman mosaic floor with legend of King Pentheus after play by Euripides from Nimes house on ave. Jean-Jaurès at Musée de la Romanité. Nimes, France.
Roman floor mosaic with a drunk Hercules at Gallo Roman Museum. Lyon, France.Roman floor mosaic with scene of gods at Gallo Roman Museum. Lyon, France.Roman mosaic with theater mask (1st-2nd C) from Nimes at Musée de la Romanité. Nimes, France.Large intact Roman mosaic floor with legend of King Pentheus after play by Euripides (2nd C) from Nimes house on ave. Jean-Jaurès at Musée de la Romanité. Nimes, France.
Detail of Roman mosaic floor with legend of King Pentheus after play by Euripides from Nimes house on ave. Jean-Jaurès at Musée de la Romanité. Nimes, France.Bird detail of Roman mosaic floor with legend of King Pentheus after play by Euripides from Nimes house on ave. Jean-Jaurès at Musée de la Romanité. Nimes, France.Roman mosaic floor with dolphins & patterns from Nimes at Musée de la Romanité. Nimes, France.Roman mosaic floor with face in center of hexagonal patterns from Nimes at Musée de la Romanité. Nimes, France.
Detail of Roman mosaic floor with legend of King Pentheus after play by Euripides (2nd C) from Nimes house on ave. Jean-Jaurès at Musée de la Romanité. Nimes, France.Bird detail of Roman mosaic floor with legend of King Pentheus after play by Euripides (2nd C) from Nimes house on ave. Jean-Jaurès at Musée de la Romanité. Nimes, France.Roman mosaic floor with dolphins & patterns (c1st-2nd C) from Nimes at Musée de la Romanité. Nimes, France.Roman mosaic floor with face in center of hexagonal patterns (c1st-2nd C) from Nimes at Musée de la Romanité. Nimes, France.
Roman mosaic floor with leopards beside fountain from Nimes at Musée de la Romanité. Nimes, France.Roman mosaic floor with goddess on seahorse from Nimes at Musée de la Romanité. Nimes, France.Roman mosaic floor with various squares from Nimes at Musée de la Romanité. Nimes, France.Roman mosaic depicting Ariadne & Dionysys at Granet Museum. Aix-en-Provence, France.
Roman mosaic floor with leopards beside fountain (c1st-2nd C) from Nimes at Musée de la Romanité. Nimes, France.Roman mosaic floor with goddess on seahorse (c1st-2nd C) from Nimes at Musée de la Romanité. Nimes, France.Roman mosaic floor with various squares (c1st-2nd C) from Nimes at Musée de la Romanité. Nimes, France.Roman mosaic depicting Ariadne & Dionysys at Granet Museum. Aix-en-Provence, France.
Roman mosaic of centaur at Orange museum of art & history. Orange, France.Roman mosaic of animals hunting at Honolulu Academy of Arts. Honolulu, HI.Mosaic tile floor with lion from a Roman villa found in Diekirch Luxembourg at National Museum of History & Art. Luxembourg, Luxembourg.Polychrome mosaic tile floor with theme of nine Muses known to Roman world from a Gallo-Roman villa in Vichten at National Museum of History & Art. Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
Roman mosaic of centaur at Orange museum of art & history. Orange, France.Roman mosaic of animals hunting (c450-520 A.D) at Honolulu Academy of Arts. Honolulu, HI.Mosaic tile floor with lion from a Roman villa (160-70CE) found in Diekirch Luxembourg at National Museum of History & Art. Luxembourg, Luxembourg.Polychrome mosaic tile floor with theme of nine Muses known to Roman world from a Gallo-Roman villa in Vichten (now Luxembourg) at National Museum of History & Art. Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
Polychrome mosaic tile floor with theme of nine Muses known to Roman world from a Gallo-Roman villa in Vichten at National Museum of History & Art. Luxembourg, Luxembourg.Roman mosaic floor of marine animals from Antioch at Museum of Fine Arts. Boston, MA.Ancient mosaic floor at Gardner Museum. Boston, MA.Roman mosaic with rabbit from Antioch at St. Louis Art Museum. St Louis, MO.
Polychrome mosaic tile floor with theme of nine Muses known to Roman world from a Gallo-Roman villa in Vichten (now Luxembourg) at National Museum of History & Art. Luxembourg, Luxembourg.Roman mosaic floor of marine animals (200-230 CE) from Antioch at Museum of Fine Arts. Boston, MA.Ancient mosaic floor at Gardner Museum. Boston, MA.Roman mosaic with rabbit from Antioch (c5th C) at St. Louis Art Museum. St Louis, MO.
Roman floor mosaic of Tigress & Cub at Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland, OH.Roman mosaic from villa at Daphne near Antioch at RISD Museum. Providence, RI.Roman floor mosaic with Battle of Lapiths & Centaurs at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.Roman mosaic floor at Bavarian State Archaeological Collection. Munich, Germany.
Roman floor mosaic of Tigress & Cub (300-400) at Cleveland Museum of Art. Cleveland, OH.Roman mosaic from villa at Daphne near Antioch (325-330) at RISD Museum. Providence, RI.Roman floor mosaic with Battle of Lapiths & Centaurs (3rd- 4th C CE) at San Antonio Museum of Art. San Antonio, TX.Roman mosaic floor at Bavarian State Archaeological Collection. Munich, Germany.
Details of Roman mosaic floor at Bavarian State Archaeological Collection. Munich, Germany.Dining room of Roman villa with original mosaic floor , reconstruction of wall mural & furniture with new wooden parts held by bronze joinery at Bavarian State Archaeological Collection. Munich, Germany.

Details of Roman mosaic floor at Bavarian State Archaeological Collection. Munich, Germany.Dining room of Roman villa with original mosaic floor (early 3rdC), reconstruction of wall mural & furniture with new wooden parts held by bronze joinery (80 BCE) at Bavarian State Archaeological Collection. Munich, Germany.


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