Rheinisches Landesmuseum Bonn Images

Sonnengott und Tierkreiszeichen Mosaik (Sun God and Zodiac Mosaic), mid-3rd century AD. This magnificent floor mosaic shows the sun god (Sol Invictus, the "Unconquered Sun") driving his chariot from east to west across the Firmament. Around him is a ring of zodiac signs, representing the cycle of the year. The containers and fish in the corners represent the water and the earth; together with the sky they embody the entire cosmos.

Around 270 AD, Emperor Aurelian raised the sun god (Sol Invictus, the "Unconquered Sun") to the highest state divinity. This mosaic dates from around the same time and was found in the center of the reception hall floor in a Roman villa in Münster-Sarmsheim. Of 278 mosaiced areas in the villa, this is the only one to use color and include figures. Credit: David Joyal. All Rights Reserved.


Image ID
1977
Title
Sun God and Zodiac Mosaic (3rd cent.)
Date
January 24, 2008
Date
January 24, 2008
Coordinates
50.7320670° N, 7.0927050° E
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Image Type
digital photo
File Type
jpg
Camera
Canon EOS 40D
Focal Length
20
Iso
800
Keywords
bonn, germany, landesmuseum, mosaic, museum, rheinisches, roman
Creator
David Joyal
Source
EdStockPhoto

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