Ancient Mosaic Pavements

Ancient Mosaic Pavements : Themes, Issues, and Trends

By (author) Rachel Hachlili

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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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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 220 x 294 x 28mm | 1,859.72g
  • 30 Mar 2009
  • Brill
  • Leiden
  • English
  • 9004167544
  • 9789004167544
  • 1,329,401

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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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