GaziantepTuesday, 3 June 2014
A city of more than a million population, Gaziantep has a hulking citadel in the centre of town, a busy bazaar, the best pistachio baklava in Turkey and the stunning new Gaziantep Zeugma Mosaic Museum. The mosaics are mainly from the Roman city of Belkıs-Zeugma, which was submerged with the construction of the Birecik Dam. The mosaics from the city’s villas were removed at the last minute, some of them as the water was actually lapping over them.
▲ I particularly liked this mosaic of a near-naked Acratus casually pouring wine in an arc over his head into the waiting cup of Euphrosyne. Acratus is a companion of Dionysus, the God of Wine who appears in a state of considerable inebriation in another large mosaic. Euphrosyne is one of the Three Graces, the Goddess of Joy.