Ancient mosaic picturing reckless skeleton discovered in Turkey
Turkish archaeologists have discovered an ancient mosaic in the remains of a house from the 3rd century that features a skeleton enjoying a large loaf of bread and pitcher of wine. It has Ancient Greek text alongside it that translates to: "Be cheerful, enjoy your life."
However, this isn't the only mosaic to endorse an urgency to let your hair down or take it easy in life. Two other such mosaics were also discovered side by side which, going by the researchers' claims at the Hatay Archaeology Museum, must have featured in the dining area of an upper class home around 3rd century BC, Catch news reports
The other two mosaics indicate an aspect of life that, archaeologists say, the Roman elite took quite seriously - bath and dinner.
Demet Kara, an archaeologist from the Hatay Archaeology Museum who was part of the excavation process, explained to Hurriyet Daily News, "There are three scenes on glass mosaics made of black tiles. Two things are very important among the elite class in the Roman period in terms of social activities: the first is the bath and the second is dinner.
In the first scene, a black person throws fire. That symbolises the bath. In the middle scene, there is a sundial and a young clothed man running towards it with a bare-headed butler behind. The sundial rests between 9 pm and 10 pm. In the roman period, 9 pm is bath time. He has to arrive at supper at 10 pm. Unless he can, it is not well-received. There is writing on the scene that reads he is late for supper and writing about time on the other."
Kara also added that "There is a similar mosaic in Italy but this one is much more comprehensive."