Damnatio ad Bestias Mosaic

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Carole Raddato
published on 26 June 2024
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Roman mosaic depicting damnatio ad bestias where two condemned men are being thrown to the beasts. The arena is littered with spears and splashes of blood. Numerous animals can be seen, including five bears and six big cats. In the two surviving corners of the mosaic, wild felines very graphically attack two male victims. In the centre stands a trophy-decorated structure, possibly indicating that the spectacle was associated with a military victory. The mosaic dates to the beginning of the 3rd century CE.

El Jem Museum, Tunisia.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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Raddato, C. (2024, June 26). Damnatio ad Bestias Mosaic. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/19160/damnatio-ad-bestias-mosaic/

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