Roman Seasons mosaic from Cirencester

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Roman Seasons mosaic from Cirencester

The Seasons Mosaic was found in Dyer Street, Cirencester in 1849. It dates to the mid 2nd century and is one of the most impressive pavements ever found in Roman Britain. The mosaic depicts the four seasons and scenes from Roman mythology, which are associated with Bacchus, the god of wine and fertility.

Only three of the original four corner roundels, depicting the seasons, survive:

Spring: Flora, goddess of flowers, wearing a garland.

Summer: Ceres, goddess of agriculture, carrying a sickle.

Autumn: Pomona, goddess of the orchard, carrying a pruning knife.

Winter: Now missing, probably depicted a hooded goddess holding a bare branch.

The Corinium Museum is internationally renowned for its collection of mosaics from the town and the surrounding area. Over ninety five mosaics are known from the town.

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