CHAP. 60. (25.)—PAVEMENTS. THE ASAROTOS ŒCOS.
Pavements are an invention of the Greeks, who also practised
the art of painting them, till they were superseded by
In this last branch of art, the highest excellence
has been attained by Sosus,2
who laid, at Pergamus, the
mosaic pavement known as the "Asarotos œcos;"3
fact that he there represented, in small squares of different
colours, the remnants of a banquet lying upon the pavement,
and other things which are usually swept away with the broom,
they having all the appearance of being left there by accident.
There is a dove also, greatly admired, in the act of drinking,
and throwing the shadow of its head upon the water; while
other birds are to be seen sunning and pluming themselves, on
the margin of a drinking-bowl.