Low Ham Mosaic

This Roman mosaic is the oldest object in Britain to tell a complete story. It was made for the bath complex at Low Ham Roman villa in about
AD 350. The mosaic records the tragic love story of Dido and Aeneas in five narrative panels – Aeneas sailing to Carthage, Aeneas meeting Dido, the couple out hunting, the couple embracing, and the sad outcome. The story was written by the Roman poet Virgil in the 1st century BC.

The mosaic was lifted in 1953 and is now on display in the Museum of Somerset. It is best viewed from the ‘Claiming the Land’ gallery and is part of the collection of Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society.

The Low Ham Mosaic was voted by viewers of Channel 4’s Time Team to be the third most important Roman treasure in England.

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