Roman Mosaic depicting Leda and the Swan, once central panel (emblema) of a Mosaic Floor.

March 19, 2024

Roman Mosaic (late 2nd – early 3rd Century AD); depicting Leda and the Swan, once central panel (emblema) of a Mosaic Floor. It was discovered in the vicinity of the Sanctuary of Aphrodite at Palaipafos in Cyprus.

Antiope & the Satyr - Ancient Greco-Roman Mosaic

Roman (Artist)1st century CE (Roman)stone, glass tesserae
(Roman Empire , Ancient Egypt and Nubia )

Antiope & the Satyr - Ancient Greco-Roman Mosaic

Although previously identified as depicting the god Mithras, the scene on this mosaic medallion shows a variation of the abduction of Ganymede by Zeus in the form of an eagle. According to mythology, Zeus was captivated by a young Trojan prince, Ganymede, the most beautiful human, and Zeus abducted him to serve as his cupbearer. Here the animals and scenery show that the scene takes place in the countryside. The partial nudity of the central figure fits the story of the beautiful Ganymede (Mithras would not have been depicted nude). Other depictions commonly show Ganymede wearing a Phrygian cap, and although he does not wear one here, his attendants do.

Leda & the Swan - Ancient Greco-Roman Mosaic