Autun mosaic from The House of the Greek Authors, Musée Rolin

Autun mosaic from The House of the Greek Authors, Musée Rolin. Photograph: Bernard Frischer

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  • Hmmm we need to find the original where this came from, because I am pretty sure that the experts have concluded that this was supposed to be either Epicurus or Metrodorus

  • Very nice mosaic. Do you know for what the text stands for? Do the suggested letters have any reasoning or are they just set by imagination?

    • For some reason I just saw your post Titus. I don't know but those are great questions to research!

    • The lower left clearly reads ΕΠΙΚΟΥΟC (Epicurus).

      The inscription above his head is PD5:

      Οὐκ ἔστιν ἡδέως ζῆν ἄνευ τοῦ φρονίμως καὶ καλῶς καὶ δικαίως οὐδὲ φρονίμως καὶ καλῶς καὶ δικαίως> ἄνευ τοῦ ἡδέως·

      It's Epicurus expounding the 5th of his principal doctrines.

      I can't tell whether the engraved letters were present with the mosaic, but even if not, the letters line up perfectly with the text of his name and of PD5.

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    • And also a mosaic of Metrodoros in Autun!

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    • Yes it is interesting how Metrodorus apparently achieved some stature in his own right.