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Mosaic sheds important light on Roman Larnaca

Section of the Labours of Hercules mosaic

The antiquities department said on Wednesday that the mosaic depicting the Labours of Hercules uncovered in Larnaca provides important evidence for the development of the city during the Roman Period.

The mosaic floor was uncovered on Ayios Neofytos Street in Larnaca during excavation work for the construction of the city’s sewage system.

“Archaeological research on the site is still ongoing and only part of the mosaic floor has been revealed,” the department said.

“Even though the mosaic floor has only been partially excavated, and has yet to be conserved, a preliminary estimation would suggest that scenes of the Labours of Hercules are depicted and that it is dated to the Roman Period.”

It added that written sources and inscriptions provide information that during the Roman period Ancient Kition (modern-day Larnaca) played an important role in the establishment of Roman culture in Cyprus, however, up to this day Roman remains found in the city have been very few.

“Therefore, the mosaic floor that came to light and the building it belongs to, provide important evidence for the development of the city during the Roman Period,” it said.


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