cyprus 2: mosaics

the paphos archaeological park contains sites dating from the roman period up through the 13th century. most impressive (to me) were the mosaic floors from the roman villas.  this is the floor of the “house of aion,” 4th century b.c.  (aion is the god of time, who features in one of the center panels, and for whom the building is named.) this scene shows the infant dionysos in hermes’ lap, about to be handed over to his teacher, tropheos. this is a telling of the myth of apollo and marysas, in which marysas, who challenged apollo to a music contest and lost, is…