BStankman, I'm absolutely floored, no pun intended. That Church floor is like a lot of other Byzantine floors I've seen unearthed in many other places in the worldMost of the statues on display are victims of iconoclasm. Because they don't look like the Semitics that live there today.
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But Nabataean art is clearly "Greco Roman" less than 400 years old.
Likely contemporary with Pompeii.
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I did think the destroyed statues were iconoclasm, that has gone on so much in that region, so I never gave it much thought, except business as usual, somebody always has to destroy stuff, that's why we can't have nice things!
Anyway, if you hadn't said where this mosaic floor was I'd think I was looking at something unearthed in Great Britain or Rome, Greece, Pompeii, well just about anyplace other than Petra. I wonder if this isn't a "Roman" villa and not a church, there doesn't appear to be anything there that suggests religion to me.
Minoan mosaic floors. Oh shit oh dear, I'll be on this damn computer all day looking at mosaic floors now.
You are my hero for the day, I never would have imagined anything like this turning up in Petra, Jordan. Give me your address I'll send you a year's supply of Rice a Roni the San Francisco treat.
I see there are a few Dolphins represented, makes me think this was seafaring people and a woman with one exposed boob, I'm going to be looking for her on other floors.
Again Wowzer! thank you so much for showing us this.
Sometimes I'm pretty sure there was a group of survivors who spread out to habitable places and apparently took their most gifted mosaic floor artisans along with them.
I did some checking and the writing on the Petra mosaic floor looks Greek to me. (been waiting along time to work that into a conversation)the mosaic on the right is Greek writing. And it is from an ancient mosaic in Israel. and where this mosaic was found they talk about a Petra connection.
1600 year old church mosaic .
a snippet of the article mentioning Petra : Until the discovery of the mosaic this summer, it was unclear in which year Irenaeus was ordained as bishop of Tyre. According to the 2011 anthology, “Episcopal Elections in Late Antiquity,” a date of circa 445 is often given. However, since he was historically thought to be exiled along with Nestorius to Petra for 12 years in 436 — “along with two horses to carry their luggage” — the authors present a strong case for a later date.