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

	Wearing a Phrygian cap, the Amazon Penthesilea (a warrior queen in Greek Mythology) is about to send an arrow in a hunting scene with several animals and Amazons.
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.