Cyrene - Large floor mosaic (house of Jason Magnus)

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Comments (6)

Maciej _K on March 4, 2008

Hi, once more. Due to your photo I was able to place correctly my photo made almost 27 years ago. In the right upper corner of your photo there are columns only. Meanwhile, there are three statues of the Muses in mine (honestly speaking, there were five statues; I cropped my photo to cut off persons, and two Muses have been removed as well). Time goes on!!!

Cottius on March 4, 2008

Hi Macijek

Thanks for the visit and for your comments! It's interesting to see how those sites evolve in time, and your comparison of this place from what it looked like 27 years ago is valuable! I do hope that those missing statues you mention have been moved somewhere in a museum since your visit !:-) I cannot retrieve a comment you put on my photo of the amphitheater, saying that it was Greek and not Roman. Did you delete it? I am not an expert archaeologist! What I know for sure (see for example in Wikipedia) is that Cyrene was founded by the Greeks, but then fell under Roman occupation. And the Romans transformed the greek theater into the much larger amphitheater we (lucky guys!) were able to admire.... At least this is what my infos give! Due to this succession of ruling cultures it is not always easy to properly "give back to caesar what belongs to caesar"!! :-) I'll have a look on your site

Thanks again!


Maciej _K on March 4, 2008

Hi Cottius, No, I did not delete the comment. It simply has ceased to exist. The black holes are also on the Internet. For all I know there was an earth-quake in Cyrene in August 1982. This may be also a reason that four statues vanished.

Cottius on March 4, 2008

That would be too bad..I'll try to figure out what happened to thos statues!

Maciej _K on March 4, 2008

Dear Cottius, I have read in a guide-book that cit.: “… statues of the nine Muses stood between the columns. Six of the statues survived…”. I saw only five of them in 1981. Where was then the sixth one? In the museum? I don't remember.

Maciej _K on September 26, 2008

Cottius, One of the Muses found!!! To my mind, the statue is laying with its right shoulder propped up on the stone (close to the standing statue). Moreover, knowing now the localization of the Naval Monument, one may see it in this photo too: To the left of the tree in the background there are two low columns and … Greetings Maciej

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  • Uploaded on January 4, 2008
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    by Cottius
    • Camera: Canon EOS 300D DIGITAL
    • Taken on 2005/04/24 11:42:49
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