Roman Mosaic of Ptolemaic Soldiers

Illustration

Arienne King
by Camelia.boban
published on 09 March 2018

This scene is part of the Nile mosaic of Palestrina (c. 100 BCE), found in Palestrina, Italy. It portrays a group of Ptolemaic Greek soldiers in Egypt on the banks of the Nile. The soldiers are clad in typical Hellenistic equipment including Phrygian and Attic type helmets, tunics or armour made of linen (linothorax in Greek), and various shield designs common to Hellenistic armies at the time. Similar Nilotic settings were popular in Republican and Imperial Roman art as a result of the Roman fascination with Egypt's exotic culture. (National Archaeological Museum of Praeneste, Palestrina, Italy)

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