I have a weak spot for Zeugma, the city that has been nearly entirely flooded following the construction of a dam on the
– one dam too many if you ask me.
I find it inadmissible to flood remains that have survived 2,500 years of
history for the simple purpose of cultivating more land. I wrote about Zeugma
some time ago under the title Zeugma,Border-town along the Euphrates River. Euphrates River in Turkey
Zeugma was again in the news at the end of the 2014 excavation season, when it made headlines with three new mosaics that have been unearthed from the House of the Muses, which will join the other rescued floors at the Museum of Gaziantep after restoration and conservation.
The Greek Reporter has added photographs of these gorgeous mosaics: the first one representing the nine Muses framed in elegant medallions gathered around Muse Calliope (see above); the second mosaic is a well-known representation of Oceanus and Tethys (below); and the third mosaic is not shown but is described as the portrait of a young man.
According to the Hurriyet Daily News, it seems that among the 2-3,000 houses of Zeugma, “only” 25 remain under water. If we read the Greek Reporter, the story is however quite different as they state that 80% of old Zeugma is flooded (which corresponds much better to what I heard earlier). No wonder that the Mayor of
is so optimistic when stating “I hope we will be able to unearth the whole
civilization of Zeugma” – a matter of convincing your audience? Gaziantep
[Pictures from The Greek Reporter, except the one of Oceanus and Tethys which is from the Hurriyet Daily News. The photograph of Oceanus and Tethys in the Greek Reporter is that of an earlier excavated mosaic that is already on display at the Museum of Gaziantep].