The Caesar calendar hall

 

We move on to the agricultural calendar room .A carved rustic genius head  is represented as a teenager, crowned with ears (late 2nd century.)

At the Centre, there are busts of Wind deities represented by male figures in square medallions.

On the floor, two large mosaics representing a generous offering : Xeniae is framed by circles or squares: fish, pigeons, partridges, cucumbers, figs, pomegranates, large citron. The same theme may be seen on the mosaic hanged on the wall.

The main attraction here is provided by a mosaic from Thysdrus representing Seasons and months of the year. The shipowners hadrumétins, enriched by the maritime trade, tried to get themselves another source of income based on the more regular income of the earth. We know him the rural life is given rhythm by four seasons which establish a frequent theme of the mosaiced production. A beautiful picture of Thysdrus, today el-Jem, says the main part on these seasons. The year begins with the spring and finishes by the winter. Every season is indicated by a male portrait placed to the left and followed by the names of the corresponding months (30 Photo). Every month is characterized by a small scene representing a religious feast or agricultural works.

La salle du calendrier de césar

The hall of Caesar calend

On the Opposite of this room, there is a space dedicated to Dionysus / Neptune; On the floor Dionysos is represented as a teenager lying on a panther puted onin the middle of a geometric décor punctuated by rosettes.

 

espace consacré à Dionysos/Neptune

Space devoted to Dionysus / Neptune

On the wall Dionysus, bare-chested, is holding a thyrsus, and walking towards surprised Ariane . He pulls her garment (middle of the 3rd c.). Opposite, a two-colour mosaic, are depicting a Dionysian crater of which vine branches stick out, covering the field with arabesque (El-Alia).

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