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And the final mosaic, which was remarkably well preserved, bore the image of a young male.

December (from Latin decem, "ten") or mensis December was originally the tenth month of the Roman calendar, following November (novem, "nine") and preceding Ianuarius. It had 29 days. When the calendar was reformed to create a 12-month year starting in Ianuarius, December became the twelfth month, but retained its name, as did the other numbered months from Quintilis (July) through December. Its length was increased to 31 days under the Julian calendar reform.

A Roman mosaic from the ancient Thysdro with illustrations of twelve months Πηγή: www.

Roman Mosaic of Date Palm Tree, 6th century C.E.; Stone and mortar, 3.5x87.9x188.4 cm | Brooklyn Museum

Date Palm Mosaic from the Roman Synagogue of Hammam Lif. Jerusalem is a place often represented in art by the palm tree.

Mosaic depicting doves drinking from a bowl, probably after an original mosaic by Sosus of Pergamon Roman 1st century CE Pompeiii (4) | Photographed at the Museo Archaeologico Nazionale di Napoli in Naples, Italy

Mosaic depicting doves drinking from a bowl, probably after an original mosaic by Sosus of Pergamon Roman century CE Pompeiii (Andrea López)

The synagogue at Hammath was probably constructed in the early 300’s CE. The figured mosaic is about the size of the gallery portion in Neve Shalom’s main space.  The mosaic incorporates the zodiac wheel, also found in non-Jewish buildings, into a bigger composition with three main sections leading to the ark niche. This composition describes Jewish themes and principles. The first section has donor names in Greek flanked by lions on each side of the text.

ancient synagogue mosaic floor in Hammath, near Tiberias, Israel (probably built…

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