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Bibil Identifier bibil:213772
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) An Exotic Menagerie in Tesserae
Title (English, ) The Mosaic Pavement of Lod/Lydda
Author Mucznik, Sonia
Journal Liber Annuus. Studium Biblicum Franciscanum (Volume: 60)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 319-339 Pages
Genre Original
Notes Contient 12 illustrations.
Abstract This article deals with several aspects of the Roman mosaic pavement of the villa at Lod, mainly focusing on the central octagon and the wild animals depicted within it. Several of these were perceived as exotic animals and aroused the interest and curiosity of Roman writers and artists, as well as of kings, rulers and important and powerful men. The idea proposed here is that, given the difficulties of maintaining a real zoo, this mosaic may instead have been meant to present an enjoyable substitute image of a menagerie, a private collection of exotic animals or some kind of zoo.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Roman Period (37 BCEE- 324 CE.) : Roman II, III (70-324)
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