Byzantine art

Repatriated 6th century mosaic to help reconstitute apse

A Cyprus Orthodox Church official says a rare, 1.500 year-old mosaic depicting Saint Mark has joined other repatriated pieces that were looted from the ethnically split island nation's breakaway north.

Together the pieces will create a reproduction of an apse that adorned a 6th century church in island's north.

Bulgarian suspects in museum vandalism cite the Bible

Two women who were detained on Sunday on suspicion of spraying a number of exhibits in Athens's top museums with an oily substance cited the Bible to explain their actions.

The suspects were stopped at the city's National Historical Museum on Sunday when an employee saw one of them touching an exhibit case with oily hands. Museum officials alerted police.

2,000-year-old mosaic-decorated villa unearthed in City of Tripolis

An archeological team has unearthed a 12-room villa with mosaic-covered floors and walls decorated with colorful frescoes and vegetative geometric figures in the ancient city of Tripolis located in Turkey's Aegean region. The villa is estimated to be nearly 2,000 years old, according to the head of the excavation team.

Israeli archaeologists unearth 1,800-year-old mosaic, also featuring Greek inscription

A 1,800-year-old mosaic of toga-clad men dating back to the Roman era has been unearthed in Israel, archaeologists said on Thursday.

The mosaic was discovered during the excavation of a building from the Byzantine period - some 300 years younger than the mosaic it was on top of - in the coastal city of Caesarea.

Israeli archaeologists unearth 1,800-year-old mosaic with inscription in Greek

A 1,800-year-old mosaic of toga-clad men dating back to the Roman era has been unearthed in Israel, archaeologists said on Thursday.

The mosaic was discovered during the excavation of a building from the Byzantine period - some 300 years younger than the mosaic it was on top of - in the coastal city of Caesarea.

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