Bulgarian archeologists unearth unique mosaic
4 October 2011
FOCUS News Agency
Bulgarian archeologists have unearthed a unique mosaic in the
southern municipality of Stara Zagora, the press center of the municipality
A team headed by Dimitar Yankov, chief curator of the Regional Museum
of History in the city of Stara Zagora, held a press conference
to brief the media about the find.
The mosaic dates back to around the 3rd century and depicts a man
and two women, all members of Dionysus’ entourage.
“The complex figures of dancing women suggest the mosaic was
done by a great master. The clothes are in five shades of blue and
the red color varies from pink to dark red. The figures are very
fine. One of the women holds castanets in her hands and the other
one holds other music instruments. The folds of their clothes suggest
their knees are bent. Their ankles are bare and their legs move.
There is play of light and shade,” said Dimitar Yankov, and
expressed hope the team’s further excavations would reveal
more figures, including the one of Dionysus, the Greek god of grape
harvest, winemaking and wine.
According to archaeologists the building was not a private one,
but a temple to Dionysus. The building is 30 meters away from the
walls of the forum of the ancient Roman city of Augusta Traiana
in the center of the city of Stara Zagora.