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2,000-Year-Old Mosaics Uncovered In Turkey Before Being Lost To Flooding

1) These stunning 2000-year-old mosaics were uncovered by archaeologists in the Turkish city of Zeugma

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2) Rich mosaics like these decorated people’s homes with characters from ancient Greek mythology

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3) “They were a product of the patron’s imagination. It wasn’t like simply choosing from a catalog,” Professor Kutalmış Görkay told Archaeology.org

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4) “They thought of specific scenes in order to make a specific impression. For example, if you were of the intellectual level to discuss literature, then you might select a scene like the three muses”

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5) The archaeological community was inspired to excavate when they heard that the city was being flooded by a nearby dam

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6) Here is the mosaic pictured above after being saved and restored

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7) The Greeks named the city “Seleucia” when they founded it in the 3rd century BC

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8) The Roman empire conquered the city in 64 BC, renaming it to Zeugma (meaning “bridge” or “crossing” in ancient Greek)

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9) The Romans held the city until 253 AD, when Persian Sassanids took the city

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10) Pictured here are Oceanus and Tethys, Ancient Greek and Roman ocean deities

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11) Pictured here is Poseidon, the god of the sea, on his war chariot

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12) Meet Thalia, the muse of idyllic poetry and comedy

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