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Dick Osseman | profile | all galleries >> Gaziantep pictures - Turkey >> Zeugma Mosaic Museum in Gaziantep >> Eros and Psyche tree view | thumbnails | slideshow | map

A temporary gallery of the Zeugma Museum in Gaziantep | The Mars statue at the Gaziantep museum | Lower floor | Achilles | Acratos and Euphrosyne | Andromeda and Perseus | Antiope and satyr | Daedalus and Icarus | Dionysos | Dionysos and Ariadne | Dionysus' triumf | Eros and Psyche | "Gypsy" mosaic | Methiokos | Oceanous and Thetis | Another Oceanous and Thetis | Water gods and goddesses | Women at breakfast | Zeus and Europa | Temporary 1 | Bust of Dionysos | Temporary 3 | Temporary 4 | The mosaic of Aphrodite | Temporary 6 | Temporary 7 | Geometric mosaics

Eros and Psyche

From the Enc. Britt.: According to Apuleius, the jealous Venus commanded her son Cupid (the god of love) to inspire Psyche with love for the most despicable of men. Instead, Cupid placed Psyche in a remote palace where he could visit her secretly and, by his warning, only in total darkness. One night Psyche lit a lamp and found that the figure at her side was the god of love himself. When a drop of oil from the lamp awakened him, he reproached Psyche and fled. Wandering the earth in search of him, Psyche fell into the hands of Venus, who imposed upon her difficult tasks. Finally, touched by Psyche's repentance, Cupid rescued her, and, at his instigation, Jupiter made her immortal and gave her in marriage to Cupid.

This is a floor mosaic from the presence chamber in the Poseidon villa, representing the moment Psyche and her lover rejoin.
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