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A pebble mosaic floor in the House of Dionysos, Pella archaeological site, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Pella Archaeological site. Detail of a pebble mosaic floor in the House of Dionysos, 4th century BC.

"The House of Dionysos" («Οικίας του Διονύσου») is named after the large floor mosaic of Dionysos riding a panther discovered by archaeologists in one of its two andrones (symposium or banqueting halls for men).

It is the largest private house found in Pella so far. Covering an area of 3,160 square metres, the once magnificently appointed house which takes up an entire block of the ancient city's grid system is thought to have been built 325-300 BC.

The remains of the building were among the first to be discovered during the first systematic excavation of Pella in 1957.

The main area of the floor mosaic in the photo above has a pattern of lozenges made of rows of contrasting dark and light coloured natural pebbles (as on a chess board). It covered the floor of the large antechamber of the house's northern andron (see plan of the house below) on which which was the Lion Hunt mosaic.

The restored Ionic columns in the photo on the previous page surround the north courtyard of the house, while the southern courtyard had Doric columns.

An Ionic column capital of the House of Dionysos, Pella archaeological site, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

An Ionic column capital
in the north courtyard
of the House of Dionysos
Interactive plan the House of Dionysos, Pella, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

Interactive plan the House of Dionysos, Pella.

(After Makaronas and Giouri, 1989)
Mosaics in Pella:

pebble mosaic floor

Stag Hunt mosaic

Abduction of Helen mosaic

Dionysos riding a panther

Lion Hunt mosaic
More photos and information
about mosaics
on My Favourite Planet

A mosaic of Dionysos and "Sleeping Ariadne" from Ephesus,
now in the Izmir Archaeological Museum, Turkey:
Selcuk photo gallery 2

The "Alexander Mosaic" from Pompeii, depicting
Alexander the Great in battle with King Darius III:
Alexander the Great
in our People section

A Hellenistic mosaic, signed by Hephaistion, from Pergamon,
now in the Pergamon Museum, Berlin, Germany:
Pergamon photo gallery 2

Ancient mosaics depicting the Gorgon Medusa

Mosaics from Pompeii signed by Dioskourides of Samos

Mosaics at Dion Archaeological Site, Macedonia, Greece:
Dion: garden of the Gods
at the Cheshire Cat Blog

"Choklakia" mosaics in Kastellorizo, Greece:
Kastellorizo photo gallery

Mosaics of Saint John the Theologian, on Patmos, Greece:
Patmos photo gallery

Modern mosaic commemorating Saint Paul
the Apostle's visit to Veria, Macedonia, Greece:
Veria photo gallery

See also a mosaic mural made by the author of this guide:
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