Hispano-Roman Plant Mosaic

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James Blake Wiener
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published on 02 November 2017

This Hispano-Roman mosaic adorned the antechamber to a reception room at the Villa de Soto de Ramalete, which was a country villa in Tudela (Navarre), Spain. It is made of limestone and dates from the 4th century CE. The plant motifs, intertwined garlands, branches with flowers and fruits, and the dolphin symbolize the abundance and fertility of nature, a source of wealth and well-being. (Museo Arqueológico Nacional, Madrid)



About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and its Communications Director.

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