this is one of my favourite mosaics among those I’ve seen in Paphos in the archeological site Tombs of the Kings.
In most accounts Leda is to be known as mother of Helen, however there are discrepancies on how that happened.
Some say Zeus (in the shape of a swan) generated an egg with Nemesis and that such egg was found by Leda lying in a marsh which she brought home and hid in a chest: from it Helen of Troy was hatched. Others say Zeus generated the egg with Leda herself (theory that inspired the above mosaic) who hid it from her husband until it hatched.
This mosaic along with many others mosaics from the 2nd century are located in a world heritage site called The Tombs of The Kings. This name though is misleading as no royalty ever rested there, only rich citizens did. The site is marvellously decorated by elaborated carvings, Doric and Corinthian columns and with wall-paintings, fit for a king, though.
Crossing a check-point has always made my trips exciting and adventurous. And in this case it has never been weirder and easier than the Green Line of Lefkosia. The check-point and Green Line of Nicosia are fascinating; while barely visible, when you do notice them you kind of get a bizarre and odd edge about the city. The check-point I’m referring to is the one located in Ledra Street (not to be confused with Ledra Palas). Continue reading “Divided Lefkosia: the Green Line”→