SHEILA TERRY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SHEILA TERRY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Roman mosaic depicting Virgil seated between two muses. Virgil or Publius Vergilius Maro (70-19 BC) was a Roman poet. A muse, in Roman and Greek mythology, was one of nine goddesses who inspired artists. On Virgil's left is Melpomene, the muse of tragedy and on his right is Clio, the muse of history. Mosaics are constructed from small coloured cubes of stone and were common in ancient Roman homes of affluent citizens. It is housed in the Bardo Museum, Tunis, Tunisia.
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