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The roman mosaic found in the Iberian-Roman city of Cástulo (Jaén), which receives the name of Mosaic of LovesIt can be viewed through the YouTube social network thanks to high-quality photography work.
With dates between late 1st century and early 2nd century, is considered by National Geographic as one of the most important discoveries of 2012. These are small tesserae characteristic of the High Empire and similar to those of Pompeii, made up of glass and stone paste showing reddish, yellowish, green and blue tones. In its corners are images that represent the four seasons, all with high-quality and highly refined images.
The project will be presented on May 13 showing high resolution photographs in which you can see in detail tile by tile.
Among the images represented in the mosaic are scenes such as the judgment of paris by the beginning of the Trojan War and the myth of Selene (she represented the moon) and Endymion, shepherd with whom she fell in love, falling into a deep sleep from which she would only wake up for her.
Despite the crisis situation that Spain is currently experiencing, more financing has been reported, thus allowing new excavations to be carried out from July to August. According to Marcelo Castro, principal investigator of the project Forum MMX, will consist of completing the excavation of two buildings, in which the mosaic was found in one of them and the other is that of the North Gate of the city, thus responding to future tourist transits through the city.
Marcelo Castro explained that the city wall is already a story in itself, so this year about a hundred people could work in the excavations, thus recovering secrets of a city that was the capital of Oretania in Iberian times and scene of the Second Punic War.
However, it is also worth highlighting the importance of the area as the birthplace of the princess Himilce, wife of the Carthaginian general Hannibal and where, in Roman times, they crossed the Roman roads and the last river port of Betis (Guadalquivir).
I was born in Madrid on August 27, 1988 and since then I started a work of which there is no example. Fascinated by both numbers and letters and a lover of the unknown, that is why I am a future graduate in Economics and Journalism, interested in understanding life and the forces that have shaped it. Everything is easier, more useful and more exciting if, with a look at our past, we can improve our future and for that… History.