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Thu Oct 13, 2022, 09:40 AM

'Rare' Roman mosaic found in Rastan, Syria

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BBC News
Oct. 13, 2022

A 1,600-year-old virtually intact Roman mosaic has been discovered in central Syria.

The mosaic, measuring 20 x 6m (65.5 x 20ft), was found under a building in Rastan near Homs, which was held by rebels in the civil war until 2018.

Showing mythical scenes including the Trojan and Amazon wars, it is said to be the rarest of its kind.

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But the latest find is being described as the most important archaeological discovery since the start of the conflict in 2011.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-63240648

I'm not sure what language the words on the mosaic are. They don't look like Latin. Greek, maybe?

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Wicked Blue Oct 2022 OP
SheltieLover Oct 2022 #1
Tetrachloride Oct 2022 #2
Wicked Blue Oct 2022 #3
liberalla Oct 2022 #4
Gaugamela Oct 2022 #5
Wicked Blue Oct 2022 #9
docgee Oct 2022 #6
Pisces Oct 2022 #7
Jade Fox Oct 2022 #8

Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Thu Oct 13, 2022, 09:42 AM

1. Wow!

Ty for sharing!

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Thu Oct 13, 2022, 09:46 AM

2. Aramaic, Koine Greek, Hebrew and various Arabic dialects

are historical.

donít know much on writing

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Response to Tetrachloride (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 13, 2022, 09:51 AM

3. Thanks. Looking at the letters I think I see a Greek delta

and a phi.

Also a few pi's. Had to look up Greek alphabet.

So it's written in Greek letters, but the words could be Latin or one of the other languages you mention.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Thu Oct 13, 2022, 09:57 AM

4. Wow... stunning!

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Thu Oct 13, 2022, 10:19 AM

5. It's Greek. Patroklos, Herakles, Philippa, Hippolyte, Menelaos, Pobos (Phobos, ie Apollo), etc.

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Response to Gaugamela (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 13, 2022, 11:44 AM

9. Thank you for translating!

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Thu Oct 13, 2022, 10:32 AM

6. They must have the date wrong.

Looks older than 1600 years. It's not Christian. And stories of the trojan war with Greek letters? More like 2400 years (based on that one art history class I had, )

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Thu Oct 13, 2022, 10:38 AM

7. That's incredible.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Thu Oct 13, 2022, 10:49 AM

8. Amazon wars.....

Wow!

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