Mosaic Panel Of Achilles on Skyros


This mosaic panel was taken from the so called “House of Achilles” located in the eastern wealthy neighborhood of old Palmyra near Bel temple. It was originally part of a larger floor pavement inside of the villa. This is showing a deitail from the story when Achilles disguised himself in girl’s clothing while at the court of the king of Skyros, he chooses easy life over the life of battle after he’s fallen in love with one of the princesses, and married her before leaving for Troy. The detail in this panel shows the part of the story when Achilles decides to quit that easy life yet rushed for his spear to join the battle.

The story of Achilles became a rather popular theme specially in Palmyrene funeral art. Other examples of the Achilles story we see it depicted on the wall of the front wing in the famous tomb of the “Three Brothers”.

  • Material: Mosaic.

  • Date: first half of 2nd century.

  • Item Dimensions:  H. 53 cm, W. 33 cm,

  • Excavated from: Palmyra- House of Achilles

  • Archaeological Mission:

  • Archaeological Museum Of Palmyra – 2011

Excavation Site Location

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