Turkey: Byzantine Mosaics in Urfa - paulsmit
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’Melanippe, Amazon in Byzantine mosaic in Urfa.’

	Wearing a Phrygian cap, the Amazon Melanippe is part of a large hunting scene with several animals and other Amazons. The warrior queen from Greek Mythology is typically represented with one breast, as the other one has been removed to prevent it getting in the way in battle.
The 5/6 th century floor mosaic can be found in the "Villa of the Amazons", a palatial house, that probably belonged to an important administrator of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire, who lived in Edessa (nowadays called Urfa). The remains of the villa were discovered in 2006 near the center of Urfa. Photo Mick Palarczyk.