20 October 2012

Amazonian Queen Melanippe depicted in a mosaic

Newly discovered Byzantine mosaics show Amazons hunting, a rare scene in Amazon iconography, which usually depicts the warriors fighting battles. Here Queen Melanippe (whose name is written above her) attacks a lion with her lance. (Pasquale Sorrentino) 
I rather like the goofy-looking horse.   From an article about Byzantine mosaics in the Jan/Feb 2010 issue of Archaeology.


  1. That horse looks like he's three sheets to the wind!

  2. Haha! I laugh at the horse! How hilarious.

  3. That horse made my day:)

    it's also quite funny that her name actually means "dark mare"


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