|2007 - Luxemburg - The Vichten Mosaic|
Dating from around 240 A.D., the mosaic of Vichten, which has an area of 61.3 m2 and is in an excellent state of preservation, shows in its main area the mythological and literary subject of the nine Muses, daughters of the supreme God, Zeus, and of the goddess of memory, Mnémosyne.
The Muses, defined around 700 BC by the Greek author Hésiode:
Thalie, Muse of comedy
Euterpe, Muse of music and lyric poetry
|Thalia and Euterpe|
Melpomène, Muse of tragedy
|Terpischore and Melpomène|
Uranie, Muse of astronom
|Clio and Urania|
Erato, Muse of love poetry
|Polymnia and AErato|
Two by two, they are joined on one octagonal stamp.
The central stamp is not octagonal.
|back side of the Vichten sheet (Lux 2007)|
|detail real mosaic|