The Houses Of Aion And Theseus

Published 27th of February, 2020

Theseus and the Minotaur


This is the mosaic that gives the house its name. This picture doesn't do it justice, but raises an interesting point. If you want to take pictures, you need to think about your visit in advance. The time of day, and year, can play an important part. In the middle of summer, none of the shadows you can see here will be visible, as the sun will be directly overhead. However, the mosaic itself will be dusty, and less os a spectacle. An ideal time would be after a spring or autumn shower, with a fairly cloudy day, to minimise shadows.

Altered Image


During the course of constructing the virtual tour which accompanies these blogs, we visited the park on numerous occasions. We were able to take some shadow-free shots of the mosaic, and using some Photoshop trickery were able to show what the mosaic would look like from above.

There was another sign :

Mosaic With Theseus

3rd – 4th Century AD

The mosaic floor depicts in a medallion, the mythical duel between Theseus and the Minotaur in the Labyrinth of Crete. In the centre of the scene Theseus is depicted holding a club in his right hand, while with his left hand he grabs the horn of the Minotaur, who has fallen to his knees. On the left side of the scene is a personification of the Labyrinth as an old man watching the duel. Above the rocks are the personifications of the island of Crete and Ariadne.

The scene is framed by successive decorative zones that symbolise the Labyrinth. The frame consists of a chain of diamonds and colourful tresses that symbolises the thread of Ariadne.

The South Wing


It's mindblowing to think about how much of the ancient City of Paphos must still remain buried. This is all just one part of a very large house.

Nice Patterns


As you walk along the marked route, do take time to look at all the mosaics. Evem the edges have some lovely intricate patterns. I love the curves you can see herem and the alternating blue-yellow tiling.

Achilles' Bath


This is the next major mosaic on the route. From this angle, it is difficult to see what it depicts. However, with a little Photoshop Magic we can turn it round to have a closer look...

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