Mosaics in Roman Britain
The stories illustrated in mosaics graphically link us to the world of the Romans. When we look at a figured scene, we are seeing exactly what the Roman viewer saw – give or take a crumbling tessera or two. Portrayed on pavements were love stories, tales of heroes and images of deities. Roman culture, the passing of time, and the evocation of protection and prosperity were popular themes along with scenes from the arena and the hunt. Nearly 200 figured mosaics are known from Roman Britain. A substantial number still survive and can be enjoyed in museums and sites throughout the country, while superb antiquarian illustrations record others that have since been lost. This book identifies the figures, explains what they would have meant to a contemporary viewer and discusses their significance. It is complemented by a wealth of illustrations, a gazetteer and an extensive bibliography, making it a valuable reference work as well as a readable account of the scenes on the mosaics and the myths that inspired many of them.