Without question, the mosaic depiction most commented on by scholars, and rightly so is the so-called Zeugma Mona Lisa, or more commonly called the gypsy woman.
So celebrated is this mosaic that it garners its own dark room for display. Look for a while into these eyes… what do you see?
Many of the other mosaics are less skillfully rendered than this one, but they are still impressive whether depicting a god like Dionysius, or Helios riding his sun chariot across the sky, or Neptune or some of the other Greek deities or a satyr or other such creatures.
Interestingly, women show up about as much as men in these mosaics, which is not entirely surprising because socially elite women were more often in, and ran the houses. So we have women performing religious rituals, women being chased by satyrs or deities, family portraits of sorts… and more….
Occasionally we have an inscription in mosaic like this one…. There is much to marvel at here, and I’ve barely scratched the mosaic surface. Here as a parting tease is a fragment…. notice the beautiful colors in the mosaic.
It would appear all these mosaics are dating to the Hellenistic period, and the Romans simply took over these villas when they conquered the town.