Volubilis Roman Mosaics Antiquities - Morocco - Pictures Photos Images { 20 images } Created 10 Feb 2016

Pictures photos and images of the Roman mosaic of Volubilis, Morocco. Volubilis is a partly excavated Roman city in Morocco commonly considered as the ancient capital of the kingdom of Mauretania.Built in a fertile agricultural area, it developed from the 3rd century BC onward as a Berber, then proto-Carthaginian, settlement before being the capital of the kingdom of Mauretania. It grew rapidly under Roman rule from the 1st century AD onward and expanded to cover about 42 hectares (100 acres) with a 2.6 km (1.6 mi) circuit of walls. The city gained a number of major public buildings in the 2nd century, including a basilica, temple and triumphal arch. Its prosperity, which was derived principally from olive growing, prompted the construction of many fine town-houses with large mosaic floors. The excavated villas of Volubilis have many mosaics, some with an African flovour depicting elephants. There is a comical mosaic depicting God Dionysus or Bacchus riding a mule whilst facing the wrong way. This was a warning of the excesses of drink. The Roman mosaics also include depictions of dolphins that were symbo;s of good luck.

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