Mosaic floor at Lullingstone Roman Villa

A photograph showing a roman moasic featuring the hero Bellerophon riding Pegasus, the winged horse.

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    • This marvellous mosaic was decoration for a rich Roman's floor. The mosaic shows a famous scene from Greek and Roman mythology: the hero Bellerophon riding the winged horse Pegasus to defeat the Chimera (sometimes spelled Chimaera), a beast made up of several different animals. The artist who made the mosaic decorated it with lots of different patterns too.

      Things to think about...
      • Do you think that this kind of decoration would be expensive?
      • Why would someone have something like this on their floor?
      • Can you think of any other myths that would make good mosaics?
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