Archaeology: largest Hellenistic mosaic found in Calabria

The 'room of dragons and dolphins'

23 July, 12:24

    The 'room of dragons and dolphins' The 'room of dragons and dolphins'

    (ANSAmed) - MONASTERACE (REGGIO CALABRIA) - The largest and most articulated Hellenistic mosaic from Magna Grecia has been found in Monasterace Marina, ancient Kaulonia, in the southern Italian region of Calabria.

    Last year mosaics depicting a dragon and dolphin were found here. The others found this year represent a small dolphin, a new dragon and a large dolphin fighting the dragon discovered last year.

    The area has been called 'the room of dragons and doplhins' and the finding confirms the presence of one of the largest Hellenistic mosaics from Magna Grecia over a surface of about 30 square metres. The mosaic dates back between the end of the IV and the first decades of the III century BC. Archaeologist Francesco Cuteri is coordinating the work with the participation of Italian university students and students with the college of Bahia Blanca, Argentina, under the direction of Maria Teresa Iannelli, archaeological superintendent of Calabria (ANSAmed).

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