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Lecture Co-sponsored by The Chicago Mosaic School
Join Konstantinos D. Politis, Chairperson, Hellenic Society for Near Eastern Studies for The Origins and Development of Mosaic Art in the Ancient Middle East from 8th Century BC to AD
The art of mosaic paving originated in Mesopotamia during the 8th Century BC by using naturally-rounded coloured river pebbles to decorate house floors with geometric designs. It became fashionable in Hellenistic period-Greece as a way of flooring wealthy and public buildings with heroic and divine depictions. The increasing demand for mosaic pavements during the Roman period led to the development of the technique by cutting stones into square cubes called tesserae. By early Byzantine times virtually every church was adorned by mosaics which illustrated classical and Christian themes. The mosaic tradition persisted into early Islam of the 8th century AD when non-pictorial mosaics were more acceptable.
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