Town of Osmaniye in southern Türkiye revealed an ideal mosaic depicting the legendary Trojan hero Aeneas, the protagonist in Virgil’s epic poem, the “Aeneid.”
The mosaic was found throughout a basis excavation of a building web site revealing the stays of a Roman villa and a mosaic depicting the hero of the well-known Aeneas, which was additionally talked about in Homer’s “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey.”
The consultants famous no different instance of this mosaic on the earth. The visible high quality and depictions of the mosaic rival the well-known historic metropolis of Zeugma mosaics in Gaziantep. The mosaic space, constructed within the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D., is believed to adorn the ground of a villa from that interval.
Cezmi Yurtsever, a historian and an writer, described the Aeneas mosaic as “distinctive on the earth.”
“In 2015, it was introduced that historic artifacts and mosaics had been discovered on the ground of a constructing within the heart of Kadirli district. Then many archaeologists got here right here and carried out excavations within the space. Throughout these excavations, mosaic scenes had been discovered on the ground of the constructing. In a single scene, a warrior was using a horse holding a spear, and there was a lady depiction with the inscription of Dido, the reputed founding father of Carthage, who was occurring a lion hunt with the warrior. The title of this warrior is Aeneas, an ideal Trojan hero. He was an vital determine after Hector, the prince of Troy,” he stated.
Yurtsever additionally famous that the scene depicting Aeneas combating with Leon was found in the identical space.
“This place was the traditional Flaviapolis metropolis constructed throughout the Roman period and in keeping with our determinations, this mosaic was made within the A.D. third century. For this, after the Trojan Struggle, about 1,500 years in the past, the invention of a mosaic within the historic Flaviapolis metropolis throughout the Roman interval depicting a hero of the Trojan Struggle is a peerless discovery for archeology and historical past.”
“If the excavations are accomplished, and this place is was a vacationer attraction, Kadirli and Osmaniye will likely be on the world tourism agenda. As a result of the world’s most useful mosaic of the Trojan Struggle hero is right here,” he remarked.
In accordance with legends, Aeneas was one of many few Trojans who survived the autumn of Troy by the hands of the Greeks. After the town was sacked, he gathered a bunch of survivors and launched into a protracted, difficult journey to discover a new house.
Aeneas traveled to many lands, encountering each buddies and foes alongside the best way. He was aided by the gods, who favored him for his piety and devotion, and he additionally obtained assist from his father, who appeared to him in visions and guided him.
Ultimately, Aeneas and his followers arrived in Italy, establishing a brand new kingdom and the town of Lavinium. Aeneas grew to become the Roman folks’s ancestor and was revered as a hero and an emblem of Roman greatness.