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The World Underfoot: Mosaics and Metaphor in the Greek Symposium

Hallie M. Franks


In the Greek Classical period, the symposium—the social gathering at which male citizens gathered to drink wine and engage in conversation—was held in a room called the andron. From couches set up around the perimeter of the andron, symposiasts looked inward to the room’s center, which often was decorated with a pebble mosaic floor. These mosaics provided visual treats for the guests, presenting them with images of mythological scenes, exotic flora, dangerous beasts, hunting parties, or the specter of Dionysos, the god of wine, riding in his chariot or on the back of a panther. This book takes ... More

Keywords: pebble mosaic, mosaic, andron, symposium, ancient Greece, Greek art, Classical Greece, metaphor, domestic space

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190863166
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190863166.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hallie M. Franks, author
Associate Professor of Ancient Studies, New York University

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