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2nd Century BC Well-Preserved Greek Mosaics Discovered in Turkey

Ancient Greek mosaics dating back to the 2nd century BC have been discovered in Turkey, near to Syria. The art works stood the test of time, having remained well-preserved. One of the mosaics depicts the nine Muses.

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The Earth hides layers and layers of secrets from us, from ancient civilisations and relics to fossils and metals, with the mystery deepening as we dig deeper. Sometimes, though, we do get lucky and have some of them unearthed. After five years of excavation works, a team of archaeologists found ancient Greek works of art in the form of uniquely designed mosaics buried in south Turkey, near Syria’s borders. The mosaics are said to be from the ancient city of Zeugma, centuries ago.

Zeugma was allegedly founded by one of the generals of famous Alexander the Great, Seleucus I Nicator. That happened back in 300 BC. The excavation works proved to be challenging as a great part of the site was flooded with water. The city was actually flooded by an artificial lake almost completely burying Zeugma underwater, with 80 % of the city found underwater.

The mosaics were in relatively good condition. They seem to belong to the 2nd century BC.

The first mosaic is a portrait of the nine Muses. Archaeologists say that it came from an infrastructure called “House of Muses”.

The second one shows Ocean and Tithys, defined by vivid colours, pieced together by special glass mosaic.


The last one depicts a young man who has, so far, remained unidentified.

A press conference was recently held by the local authorities to make the discovery public.


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