Hilas y las ninfas

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1. Title and autor of the article

2. Fable “Hylas and the Nymphs”

3. Basic information about mosaic(s) (age, place/location, dimensions, motif/iconography…)

4. The history of mosaic(s) with the emphases on previous consrvation-restoration (interventions, investigations, research…)

5. State of preservation of mosaic(s) before the lastconservation-restoration treatment (changes, damages, protection, risk factors…)

6. Description of the last conservation-restoration intervention
a. Duration and authors of the intervention
b. As much as possibly detailed description of all treatments
c. Tools and material used

7. Journalism of interest in relation to the Roman work in the province of León.

8.Brief conclusion

9. Bibliography (literature and internet sources)

1. Title and author of the article.


Fernando Reguerras
(archaeologist and member of the A. E. M.)
Paul Yagüe
(Restorer, EMP's deputy and member of the ICCM)
Luis A. Grau
(archaeologist anddirector of the Museo de León)
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2. Fable “Hylas and the Nymphs”

In one of his many adventures Hercules fell in love with the beautiful Hylas, son ofTiodamante, (killed by Heracles in his fight against Dryopians) taking in the famous expedition of the Argonauts. After reaching land, on a scale to stock held in Mysia, while Hercules felled trees to make oars and other crew members were engaged in various tasks, Hylas was in charge of finding water on the way to the stream, was found where were the source Pegea Naiades nymphs of springs and rivers, theysaw it. One of them, Dryope fell in love with him instantly and without hesitation to have thought his side forever. As Hylas was available to her bowl to collect water, Dryops, helped by the rest of nymphs, emerge from the waters and puts his arm around the neck of the young to kiss her mouth and drag it to the bottom. Hercules spent days and days searching for her lover to no avail, lie Hylas,after its union with the nymph becomes immortal as the branch of laurel symbolizes that grows behind the image of the hero in the mosaic Leon.

2. Basic information about mosaic(s) (age, place/location, dimensions, motif/iconography…)

The mosaic of "Hylas and the Nymphs" by an anonymous author, is one of the most famous Spanish tessellations, was discovered in 1899 and is from a Roman villain the payment of "villares" 5km from the Bañeza (Quintana del Marco), province of León.

Its dimensions are 1.50 x 1.60 meters in a square room of 4m, is bordered by a frieze of 52cms with spirals of foliage on a black background in the bud pigeons pecking that ended in semi-octagonal exedra of 3.76 ms wide, connected by a threshold that will contain a bay scallop wrapped in a yellowribbon and a stage decorated with "scrapes of various colors." This apse is garrisoned with a carpet of certain tables adjacent octagons. In 1925 was deposited with the Provincial Archaeological Museum of León, located in the convent of San Marcos, where they are today.

In terms of iconography, we must remember that this mosaic dating from Roman times, and as a general rule the Roman world,the mosaics reflect the tastes, interests or needs of their bosses, and since the mythological themes are predominant in Spain at that time, you can interpret that the interest here was the phenomenon of religion that prevailed in those days.

This mosaic represents the god Hylas abducted by nymphs. Fable becomes relevant role, thanks to it.

It appears the hero in the...
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