House of Theseus

Paphos, Cyprus

House of Theseus is a Roman villa built in the second half of the 2nd century AD over the ruins of earlier houses of the Hellenistic and early Roman periods. It was in use until the 7th century AD. The villa's large size, it consisted of more than 100 rooms, suggests that the building was the residence of the governor of Cyprus.

Many of the rooms and three of the four porticos around the central court are covered with mosaic floors with geometric motifs. Three rooms in the south wing of the building are embellished with mosaic floors with human representations, all belonging to different phases. The oldest one is the mosaic representing Theseus and the Minotaur, dating to the very end of the 3rd or beginning of the 4th century A.D. with obvious later restorations, probably made after the earthquakes of the middle of the 4th century. At the end of the 4th century A.D. a new mosaic depicting Poseidon and Amphitrite was added to a room, which probably served as a bedroom. Finally, at the beginning of the 5th century, a mosaic floor was laid in the reception room, of which only a part is preserved today and depicts Achilles´ first bath.

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Founded: c. 170 AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Cyprus

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חנן שניר (2 years ago)
מקום מקסים ומרשים
MIKE M (2 years ago)
This place is huge.. Just one mosaic left was so nice!!
Vladimir Sadovski (2 years ago)
The place is located inside the archeological park. So this is only on of several points on your path. A good preserved mosaics may be found here. I would advise more singborards with explanations here.
Boryan Petkov (3 years ago)
Beautiful
Ivan Radnev (3 years ago)
Awesome place
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