Ancient Roman mosaic, depicting a skeleton (perhaps a memento mori) above the Greek maxim from Delphi
(”know thyself”). Artist unknown; 1st cent. CE (?) Found during excavations at the
convent of San Gregorio on the Via Appia, Rome; now in the National Museum, Rome. Photo credit: Lessing Photo Archive.
Ancient Roman mosaic representing the labyrinth and Theseus slaying the Minotaur. Surrounding figures include Ariadne, a personification of the Labyrinth itself, and an allegorical figure representing Crete.
Pallas Athena/Minerva with her aegis. Roman mosaic (3rd cent. CE), surrounded by a modern (18th century) mosaic depicting celestial bodies and geometrical patterns. Now in the Museo Pio-Clementino, Vatican City.