(Photos) “Be Cheerful, Enjoy Your Life” Says 2,400 Year Old Ancient Greek Mosaic Found in Turkey


A 2,400 year-old Greek mosaic has been discovered during excavations in Turkey’s southern Hatay province, showing a skeleton lying down with a mug in his hand and a wine pitcher and bread on the side. The mosaic has has an Ancient Greek inscription saying ‘Be cheerful, enjoy your life.’

The mosaic, which is estimated to be from the 3rd century BC, was first discovered in 2012, when municipality was carrying out work to build a cable car in Antakya and found ancient remains.

Turkish archeologists say the mosaic is a part of ancient Greek/Roman city of Antioch and believe the mosaic belonged to the dining room of an upper class house.

The ancient city of Antioch was established by Seleucus, one of Alexander the Great’s generals, in the 4th century BC.