Close-up of the Mosaic Tiles
The villa featured many mosaic stories throughout. Unfortunately, they were difficult to photograph with ongoing restoration blocking adequate photographic opportunities.
To see other examples of the tiles, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_Romana_del_Casale. Here you will find , in addition to many others, Bikini Girls, mosaics of young ladies participating in sporting events such as swimming and discus throwing, which I would have thought quite risqué for the time, and Skier Mosaic featuring a Roman on skis! Who would have thought they used skis back in the day!
Also interesting is the Hunter and a Swastika. I didn't know before this tour that the Swastika was a commonly used symbol with the literal Sanskrit meaning of "well-being" and was first used in the Bronze Age, 3300-1300 BCE within the Indus Valley. The Indus Valley encompassed today's area of Afghanistan, Pakistan and NW India. Not until Nazi Germany adopted the Swastika did the symbol represent fear and militaristic rule.