Photographer's Note

Another amazing ancient Roman mosaic! Ocean/Sea Life scenes seemed to be popular in Pompeii, as there were several uncovered from the various houses during excavation. This one was found at the House of the Dancing Faun, and depics common Mediterranean sea life. In the center is an octopus with a lobster. Fish was very popular because of the proximity to the sea. To meet growing demand, some were even grown in artificial fish ponds or commercial hatcheries, but this mosaic seems to celebrate the bounty of the nearby sea since so many species are represented. It's unclear when this mosaic was made. The house itself dates to the second century BC, during the Samnite period, which lasted to 80 BC. Extensive renovations occurred after the earthquake in 62 AD, so it may have dated to that period. It's probably from quite late because of the style, but the date isn't certain. It's now on display at the National Archaeological Museum.

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Additional Photos by Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 78 N: 974] (1775)
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