If you needsome motivation to get you through this week, take some advice from the chilled out skeleton on this 2,400 -year-old mosaic.
This littlepiece of ancient wisdom includes a skeleton, drunkenly slumped with a glass of wine and some bread, along with the text Be cheerful, living through writes to Greek.The mosaic is believed to date back tothe third century BCE, according to the archaeologists who discovered it.
The artwork was procured as part of a larger floor tile designamong the ruinings ofa dining room that would have once belongedto a upper class household inTurkeys southern Hatay province. The city , now known as Antakya, was referred to as Antiocheia during the ancient Greco-Roman era.
Speaking to Turkish news site Hurriyet Daily News , Demet Kara, an archaeologist from the Hatay Archaeology Museum, suggests this artwork could be one of different kinds:[ This is] a unique mosaic in Turkey. There is a similar mosaic in Italy but this one is much more comprehensive.”
She added, “Antiocheia was a very important, rich city … Antiocheia mosaics are world famous.
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