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Floor Mosaic with Erotes Fishing

Late Roman
2nd century - 3rd century
66 1/8 in. x 1 1/16 in. (168 cm x 2.65 cm)

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The mosaic was found in a courtyard in the House of Menander, placed in front of a fountain. Framed by a wavy ribbon between two plain white borders, three erotes are fishing among an assortment of sea life. The erotes at the sides stand on land while the third, in the middle distance, is seated in a boat.

G. W. Elderkin, ed., Antioch-on-the-Orontes I. The Excavations of 1937-1939 (Princeton, 1941), 25-27, fig. 28-31; 183-184, no. 128, Panel A; pl.61; and Plan VII, 259.

D. Levi, Antioch Mosaic Pavements, Vol I (Princeton, 1947), 198ff, pl. XLIV, a; CLIX, a.

Handbook of the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Harvard University (Washington, D.C., 1955), no. 283.

G. Richter, Catalogue of Greek and Roman Antiquities in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection (Cambridge, Mass., 1956), 58-59, no. 39, pl. XXVI, A.

Handbook of the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Harvard University (Washington, D.C., 1967), 102, no. 346.

C. Mango, "The Byzantine Collection," Apollo 119 (April, 1984), 21-29, fig.1.

Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae III.1, s.v. Eros (Zurich, Munich, 1986), 913, no. 739; and LIMC III.2, s.v. Eros, no. 739 (ill.)

Fatih Cimok, ed., Antioch Mosaics, A Corpus (Istanbul, 2000), 188.

Acquisition History
Excavated in Daphne-Harbiye, Antioch, Syria, House of Menander, Room 1, 1939 season.

By partage to Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss, 1939.

Transferred to Harvard University, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Byzantine Collection, Washington, DC, November 1940.