Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Houston, TX 77005
Mosaics from an ancient Greco-Roman city in Turkey were so stunning that they inspired a massive Turkish and international rescue operation in advance of flooding from dam construction in 2000. Excavations of the city exposed a vast site with breathtaking 2nd century BCE glass mosaics preserved in colors as fresh as the day they were created. To protect such important artwork, Turkey built the largest mosaic museum in the world, the Zeugma Mosaic Museum in Gaziantep. Dr. Kutalmiş Görkay, Director of Zeugma Mosaic Project and Professor, Ankara University, shows how the art reveals the cosmopolitan nature of a major commercial, religious, and military center at a crossroads between east and west and helps us understand more about life on the edge of empire.