Ancient Mosaic Pavements: Themes, Issues, and Trends : Selected Studies

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BRILL, 2009 - History - 317 pages
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This publication is engaged in issues, trends, and themes depicted on mosaic pavements discovered in Israel, the Gaza Strip and Petra (the provinces of ancient Palaestina Prima, Secunda and Tertia) with comparable floors in Jordan (Arabia). The majority of the mosaic pavements discussed in this study are dated to the 4th-8th centuries CE. Mosaic pavements were the normal medium for decorating the floors of synagogues, churches, monasteries, and chapels, as well as public and private buildings. Inscriptions found on many of the pavements commemorate the donors, refer to the artists, and sometimes date the mosaics. The ornamentation of the mosaics in this region is remarkable, rich, and varied in its themes and provides many insights into the contemporary artistic and social cultures.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter One Mosaic Pavements Adorning Buildings in the HellenisticEarly Roman Period
5
Chapter Two The Jewish Symbols Panel
17
Chapter Three The Zodiac Panel and Its Significance
35
Representation Origin and Meaning
57
Chapter Five Iconographic Elements of Nilotic Scenes On Byzantine Mosaics Pavements
97
Chapter Six The Inhabited Scrolls Mosaic Pavements ndash A SixthCentury Trend
111
Chapter Seven Iconographic Aspects of Rural Life
149
Chapter Ten Iconoclasm on Mosaic Pavements of Synagogues and Churches
209
Chapter Eleven Between Synagogue and Church
219
Chapter Twelve Mosaicists Workshops and the Repertory
243
Chapter Thirteen Concluding Remarks Comments and Observations
281
List of Sites
289
Glossary
293
Abbreviations
295
Bibliography
297

Chapter Eight Personification of Natural Forces
179
Chapter Nine Designs of Symmetrical Antithetic Animals
199

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About the author (2009)

Rachel Hachlili, Ph.D in Archaeology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, is Professor of Archaeology, University of Haifa, Israel. She has published extensively on ancient Jewish art and archaeology in the land of Israel (Brill, 1988); in the Diaspora (Brill, 1998); on the excavations of the Jewish cemetery at Jericho (1999) on the Menorah (Brill, 2001); and on Jewish burial practises in the Second Temple period (Brill, 2005).

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