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Sassanian dynasty mosaics. Decorative parrots at the Baltimore Museum of Art unearthed at Antioch, Turkey in the 1930's.

The Sassanians - 224 to 651 AD were the final Persian dynasty before the birth of Islam. They were also probably the last emperors of the Roman empire: - late Roman emperors were either paying tribute to Persians or losing control of eastern cities like Antioch to Persian armies.

According to the Baltimore Museum of Art:

" ...

The Antioch Mosaics illustrate how the classical art of Greece and Rome evolved into the art of the early Christian era and tell the story of how people lived in this ancient city prior to its destruction by catastrophic earthquakes in 526 and 528 A.D.

They are notable for their:

Grand scale
Elaborately patterned borders
Decorative and naturalistic effects
Discovery of the Mosaics - 1932 to 1939
With the support of BMA Trustee Robert Garrett, the BMA joined the Musées Nationaux de France, Worcester Art Museum, and Princeton University during the 1930s excavations of Antioch. Three hundred mosaic pavements were discovered in the affluent suburb of Daphne and the nearby port city of Seleucia Pieria.

Today Antioch is known as Antakya, and is located in southeastern Turkey, near the border of Syria. ... "


I call this photo taken in October 2019:

"Sassanian Mosaics"




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Self portrait at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

I call this photo, also taken at the Baltimore Museum of Art:

"Sassanian Mosaics - 2".

I call this era the "late Roman afternoon" - There was an African component to the last days of Rome that has still to be documented - Roman Egypt and the Axumite or Ethiopian empire. Ancient Mecca was within the political orbit of the Axumites.

This is also probably the era when the "Roma" or Gypsies started speaking an "Aryan" tongue.


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First posted: Oct 11, 2019