Graduation Year


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Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Art History

Reader 1

Michelle Berenfeld

Reader 2

Mary MacNaughton

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This thesis examines the way the medium of mosaics was adapted locally by the cities of Antioch (modern Antakya, Turkey) and Thysdrus (modern El Djem, Tunisia) during the second and third centuries CE. Compositional differences indicate different conceptions of the medium and locally specific iconography draws on viewers’ local knowledge and experience to situate the city and its inhabitants within the broader context of the Roman empire.