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Roman Mosaics: the Rules

Arria Marina

University Session UA104 June 13, 2020 Course # 410
Time 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Fee
Length 1 hr Credits 1
Attendees 9/100 Room Gyron
Course Category Arts & Sciences

Have you ever wondered why there is a line of white tesserae (mosaic tiles) around the outside of figures in a Roman mosaics? There is a very specific reason for this and it's just one part of what you will learn in this class. There are eight "Rules" -- guidelines how to set the tesserae -- that were used by the ancient craftsmen. If you don't know them then you won't see them, but they are essential to be able to refer to a mosaic as "Roman". There are no Rules in modern mosaics work, and it's only by intensive study of the remains from the Roman Empire that Classical Mosaicists have been able to discern them. This class will introduce you to the eight Rules so that you can recognize them yourself. Note: this is a discussion class, not hands on crafting. This class will be recorded and uploaded to my blog at after the weekend.

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