Life and Easy Living


Dana Murray
published on 31 August 2015
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Floor mosaic with allegorical representation of Life and Easy Living. Crafted from limestone and glass tesserae, this mosaic was excavated in Syria and dates to approximately 350-400 CE.

In the mosaic, an affluent couple is shown engaged in relaxed conversation on an elegant couch. The allegorical meaning is described through the Greek inscription tryphe - bios, which identifies the female figure as Tryphe, meaning soft and leisurely living. The male figure is Bios, meaning Life. The allegory is meant to imply that life should be accompanied by pleasurable living.

The man is shown holding a magic wheel in his right hand, a charm used to keep lovers together. Its presence emphasizes the idea that Life and Easy Living should be inseparable.

The mosaic is currently housed in the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada.

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Dana Murray
PhD student with interest in the art, architecture, and religion of ancient Greece and the Near East.

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