The Trajan hall

We leave this space to reach the room of Trajan where the mosaic of the stud farm of Sorothus coming from a hadrumétine house finds square. The landscape evokes a steppe damaged with in the middle a tower, diverse animals and horses: four circles make appear each two racehorses faced on both(all) sides by a palm tree; both medallions which stay represent horses called Amor and Dominator, Adorandus and Crinitus.

Indeed, because of the problem of the water in this part of the country, it is not to cultivations of cereals or olive growing that it was necessary to turn, but towards the noble breeding, that in touch with horses so desired in the games of circus and for the hunting.

La salle de trajan

The Trajan hall

We move forward to enjoy mosaics depicting  theatre scenes . The mosaic of the tragic poet: a very beautiful mosaic represents inside a medallion a seated poet, leaned in a safe where rests a tragic mask. He holds of the left hand a volume and a calame of the right hand. In his feet, a case is containing twelve rollers. The poet looks at an actor holding a mask.

Des scènes de théâtre

Theatre scenes

At the end of The Trajan hall, an apse is presenting various sculptures, dominated in the middle by a head of Emperor Trajan, of massive proportions. This head is connected, according to the specialists, with several types of the ageing emperor. Some people think that it is a posthumous portrait set up by the local authorities by way of thanks to the founder of the colony.

Statues de magistrats municipaux

Statues of municipal magistrates


On the floor, three beautiful mosaics devoted to the theme of wild animal fights were performed in amphitheatre, staged animals and athletes participating in the fight. From which

From the 3rd century, the magistrates recently elected offered more and more on the occasion of their taking office of the games and the shows. We know one of these notables, Quintus Caelius Maximus who paid, on the occasion of each of three honors that he managed to Hadrumète, scenic game to the theater ( ludi ), a running(race) of tanks in the circus (circenses ) and a gladiatorial combat in the amphitheater (munus gladiatorum).








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