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Antakya mosaic Oceanus

Antakya mosaic Oceanus

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This is Oceanus. From a mosaic called Oceanous and Thetis. Inv. 850. From Enc. Britt.: In Hesiod's Theogony, Oceanus was the son of Uranus (Heaven) and Gaea (Earth), the husband of the Titan Tethys, and father of 3,000 stream spirits and 3,000 ocean nymphs. In Homer's works he was the origin of the gods. As a common noun the word received almost the modern sense of ocean. The mosaic is from the second century AD.

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Guest 02-Sep-2006 09:10
OK that helps me with my report. Thanks for replying
Dick Osseman26-Aug-2006 07:58
Nop, sorry, I don't bring a tape measure when visiting museums. I would say: a couple of meters wide. The material? Mosaics are made with tesserae, from Enc. Britt.: Etymology: Latin, probably ultimately from Greek tessares four; from its having four corners— more at four.
1 : a small tablet (as of wood, bone, or ivory) used by the ancient Romans as a ticket, tally, voucher, or means of identification
2 : a small piece (as of marble, glass, or tile) used in mosaic work
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natalie donoghue 26-Aug-2006 05:55
could you tell me the dimensions of the original mosaic and materials used