A Motif of Parrots in Dionysian Contexts on Selected Examples of Hellenistic and Roman Mosaics





parrot, Dionysos, Nilotic scenes, Roman mosaics, tryphé


This paper provides an overview of the mosaics in which parrots are represented as a motive accompanying Dionysian themes. Based on the written and iconographic sources, the author argues that a parrot was an intrinsic element of the visual language conveying ideas of earthly happiness and eternal bliss, as well as the Hellenistic concept of tryphé.

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Głowa, Anna. 2023. “A Motif of Parrots in Dionysian Contexts on Selected Examples of Hellenistic and Roman Mosaics”. Studies in Ancient Art and Civilisation 27 (December):143-58. https://doi.org/10.12797/SAAC.27.2023.27.07.