The Geometric Mosaics at Qusayr Amra in Context Mohammad Nassar T HE QUSAYR AMRA PALACE, an early Ummayad castle some 70 km. east of Amman, is one of the most im- portant structures with geometric mosaic pavements in Jordan.
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Mosaic pavements are typically analysed by their representational decoration to ascertain the meaning of individual scenes and how these relate to allegory, mythology, or symbolism. The approach in this work differs in that it views the technique, decoration and inscriptions on Late Roman floor mosaics in Phoenicia and Northern Palestine to identify micro and economic trends, their dynamic social role in private and religious buildings, and individual patterns of patronage.
The present thesis analyzes the Byzantine mosaic pavements of Phoenicia and Northern Palcatine from a socio-economic perspective, primarily by examining the laying of pavements including technical aspects and bedding, the quality of decoration, the distribution of pavements in time and space ...