Paphos Arcæological Park

Paphos is a town in the south-west corner of Cyprus, and the site of a remarkable complex of building remains from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages. Most of what has been revealed at the still largely unexcavated site dates from the period of the Roman Empire. Pafos (Kato Pafos) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, having been incribed on the list in 1980.

This mosaic is in a ruin called House of Theseus. It depicts the Greek hero Theseus, brandishing a club, slaying the Minotaur. The House of Theseus was a large villa, built in the second half of the 2nd century A.D., and was the home of the Roman proconsul or governor. It is remarkable that a mosaic so large has survived largely intact for so long. We’re lucky that the life and artistry of Paphos from two millenia ago can be revealed to us through a lost and found mosaic.

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