A Flora and Fauna of Symi

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Tesserae

August 30, 2014

A stone tessera panel in a large floor of a Roman house in Kos town. This must be at least 2000 years old and to me looks suspiciously like a chukar! There are scenes of hunting all around the floor. Other scenes show a man hunting wild boar, now long extinct on Greek islands and a man on horse back pursuing a large bird, possibly an ostrich. These scenes could have been a reminder to the incumbent of the house of hunting days in Africa, not that far away. Who knows?

If you are interested in this sort of thing there is some useful information about wild boar in Greece. In 2004 it was estimated there were about 20,000 individuals on the mainland.

There is an interesting article about hunting fishing and gathering in ancient Greece here.

 

 

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