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Pella Archaeological site. Detail of the Abduction of Helen mosaic floor, 4th century BC.
The "House of the Abduction of Helen" (also known as House 1.5 of Block 5 of the city) is named after this enormous floor mosaic, 8.48 x 2.84 metres, the largest ancient mosaic yet discovered in Europe, which is still in its original position in the archaeological site, at the north side of the house. It was unearthed in 1961, around the same time as the Stag Hunt mosaic in the next room east of it. These works are thought to have been made later than those in the "House of Dionysos" (see gallery page 2) using more advanced styles and techniques.

The dramatic subject of the mosaic is the mythical abduction (or rape) of Helen (later to be known as Helen of Troy) by the Athenian hero Theseus. As he forces Helen to board his waiting chariot she calls to her fleeing female companion Deianeera for help. The name of the four characters in the scene are written close to each head. In the photo above, the driver of the four-horse chariot is named as Phorbas (ΦΟΡΒΑΣ).
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Mosaics in Pella:

pebble mosaic floor

Stag Hunt mosaic

Abduction of Helen mosaic

Dionysos riding a panther

Lion Hunt mosaic
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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

A 2nd century AD mosaic featuring the head of Medusa,
from Piraeus, now in the Archaeological Museum, Athens:
Pergamon photo gallery 2

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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