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Greek and Roman Mosaics


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Introduction 7

The Origins and Spread of Mosaics 11
Etymological Considerations 15
The Method of Execution 17
Pliny and Vitruvius on Mosaics 21
Types of Mosaic 25
The Mosaicists and Their Signatures 35
Workshops and Repertories 46
The Dating of Mosaics 48
Mosaics and Textiles 51
Mosaics and Architecture 53
Wall and Vault Mosaics 55
The Stylistic Development of Mosaics 56
The Iconography of Mosaics 77


Pella 99
Alexandria 110
Pergamon 115
Delos 121
Palestrina 125
The House of the Faun at Pompeii 135
The Alexander Mosaic 153
The Mosaic from the House of the Faun 167
Other Notable Dwellings of Pompeii 171
Nymphaea of the Vesuvius Cities 197
Mosaic Fountains of Campania 223
The Villa Adriana at Tivoli 231
The Musee National du Bardo, Tunis 243
Antioch on the Orontes 250
Piazza Armerina 255
The Basilica of Junius Bassus in Rome 275
The Great Palace of Constantinople 285
The Basilica of San Vitale at Ravenna 289
The Mosaic of the Holy Land at Madaba 300

Bibliography 303
Index of Names 313
Index of Places 317
Photography Credits 320

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About the Author

Umberto Pappalardo has served as Inspector of Excavations at Pompeii and Director of Excavations at Herculaneum, and is professor of classical archaeology at Suor Orsola Benincasa University in Naples. He is the author of numerous publications, including monographs on Roman frescoes, Greek and Roman theaters, and the history of the Bay of Naples.

Rosaria Ciardiello holds a doctorate in the archaeology of Magna Graecia from the University of Naples Federico II. She has published on a wide variety of topics, including Attic ceramics, the iconography of vase painting, and the archaeology of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Luciano Pedicini, a second-generation photographer of art and architecture, has been a principal contributor to many important publications, including volumes on Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the collection of the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples.

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