The Nile Mosaic from Palestrina

This mosaic, found in Palestrina, a town to the east of ancient Rome, dates to around the 1st century BC. It shows a turning point from a cartographic view of landscape to a Roman interest in the exotic potential of Nilotic scenes. The Nile here becomes the focal point around which we see both idyllic and foreign activities take place.

This image is in the Public Domain, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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