Zeus Carrying off Europa, Zeugma Mosaic Museum in Gaziantep, Copyright Dick Osseman

Europa and the winged panther from Zeugma Gaziantep mosaic museum, Turkey

Mosaic of Bellerophon, from Zeugma, Turkey.

The killing of the Chimera - Bellerophon, riding his winged horse Pegasus, kills the Chimera (a monster composed by a lion, a goat and a snake) - The Mosaics of Zeugma, Turkey

The mosaics that once decorated Zeugma's elite residences often depicted mythological scenes such as the story of Antiope and the satyr (top), the nymph Galatea (middle), and the muses (above). The choice of topic was not only decorative, but was also informed by the homeowners' level of learning and idea of how they wished to be regarded by their guests.

The mosaics that once decorated Zeugma's elite residences often depicted mythological scenes (top), the nymph Galatea (bottom). (photo by Matthew Brunwasser)

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