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Church of the Rivers

In the mosaic floor there are personifications of rivers, a common motif in the Byzantine period. Rivers, springs, lakes and the sea are often personified as half-naked reclining figures with a reed in one hand and, in the other, a cornucopia from which water flows. Such a figure appears in a corner of the border.

The church was paved with mosaics, possibly by the same mosaicists who worked in the Church of Bishop Sergius, as they used the same patterns and the same style. The inscription in the Bishop Sergius Church yields a date of A.D. 587/88. Therefore, the 12th indiction year, still readable in the destroyed dedicatory inscription near the door in the Church of the Rivers, may be A.D. 579 or A.D. 594, as both correspond to the given indiction year during the episcopacy of Sergius.
(From: Michele Piccirillo)

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