Sunday, 28 July 2013

Ephesians Chapter 4 Verse 6


εῖς θεὸς καὶ πατηρ πάντων,
ὁ ἐπὶ πάντων καὶ διὰ πάντων καὶ ἐν πᾶσιν.

Use this to explain prepositions 
or (Christian) mysticism

Thursday, 25 July 2013


Some quotes from Euclid

Σημεῖόν ἐστιν, οὗ μέρος οὐθέν.

A point is that which has no part.

Γραμμὴ δὲ μῆκος ἀπλατές.

A line is length without breadth.

Ὅρος ἐστίν, ὅ τινός ἐστι πέρας.

A boundary is that which is the limit of anything.

τὸ ὅλου τοῦ μέρους μεῖζόν

the whole is greater than the part

Thursday, 11 July 2013

A Mosaic from Olynthus

A Mosaic from the Olynthus colony in northern Greece.

The motif of 2 griffins attacking a deer originated in Central Asia and came to Greece via the Persian Empire. Perhaps the artist saw a woven carpet ?

Saturday, 6 July 2013

The Unswept Floor A Mosaic

Sosus' Unswept Floor

One of the few mosaics master we do know the name of is Sosus of Pergamos famous for his work The Unswept Floor which inspired later copies.

This was said to represent the floor of a dining room after a banquet.

Notice the little mouse and the seashell. Exquisite detail on a simple background of white stones !

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Dionysios Mosaic at Delos

One noted site for Mosaics is the Island of Delos. However clearly whoever created this one hadn't seen a leopard unless the cat depicted here is some unknown now extinct sub species? I suspect given some of the depictions of leopards I've seen in other ancient art that  some artists had seen what are now called king cheetahs and given the spots thought they were a kind of leopard.

The Hellenistic master who designed this piece has moved away from the older outline style influenced by vase painting towards a more tonal style.

This may be a copy of a painting however it could also be an original work. Pliny writes about pictors who apparently designed and oversaw the creation of mosaics. My next  post features one such work.