The strange alignments on this mosaic must have been done for a purpose.
Why would an artist go to the trouble of having alignments within the picture with gargoyle eyes in the border? It would be unusual to have five key points in perfect alignment, as was done from the upper right gargoyle as I’ve shown with a bold red line. I’ve left line gaps to show the eyes are aligned perfectly. It is intriguing that the line goes from the gargoyle’s eye to a sage’s eye on to another sage’s eye and yet to another sage’s eye and then to another sage’s hand holding something. A parallel red line goes from the gargoyle’s eye on the left center border through a limb point up to the sundial’s point.
All of the border gargoyle’s eyes have alignments with multiple significant points like eyes, fingers, toes, box corners, tree points, and the sundial point. Furthermore, each of the gargoyle eye-based lines have parallel lines that also have hits on significant points.
I’ve drawn in enough of these hit lines to make it obvious that they were intentionally aligned. The question becomes, “Why would a Roman citizen in the few years just before Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD go to the trouble and expense of having this strange mosaic created?”
I made the assumption that since the sages we are discussing are interested in a globe with latitude lines drawn upon it that they would be talking about locations on the Earth. If that were the case then the angle of the lines would indicate the latitude of places significant to the wealthy Roman who paid to have the mosaic created. I then took these lines and sought for parallel lines in the mosaic and they were there in abundance for each of the lines. I then flipped the lines so they would form the same angle but coming from the opposite direction. Whoever created the mosaic had created points of interest at the intersection of these two identical angles. Apparently, the crossing lines were created to assure there was no mistake in their intention to emphasize these lines and points. They set these points on the radiant lines coming from the point of the sundial. The sundial is significant because the sun would have been used to measure the angle above the horizon of the sun on identified days to obtain the latitude of the local site. The places that matched all of these strange criteria were the corners of the Roman Empire in 79 AD. Pompeii, (lat/lon 40.75) where the mosaic was buried until 1899, is marked with a black circle but was not indicated on the mosaic.
This map of The Roman Empire is for 54 AD, 25 years before Mt. Vesuvius erupted with the sites inside of colored coded circles.
- Kom Ombo latitude 24.5° is marked with red lines on the mosaic and a red circle on the map. It is at the south-eastern corner of the Empire.
- Alexandria blue circle at 31.2° at the mouth of the Nile River, where the circumference of the Earth was first measured.
- Antioch magenta circle at 36.2° at the eastern border of the Empire,
- Apsaros pink circle at 41.6° at the north-eastern edge.
- Purpuraires purple circle at 31.5° at the south-western border.
- York yellow circle at 53.8° at the north-western border.
- Rome green circle at 41.9° at the center of the Roman Empire in 79 AD.
It was the lines above that encouraged me to pursue the vast number of parallel lines to be found between significant points on the Seven Sages of Ancient Greece mosaic.
These are the lines I found on the Seven Sages of Greece to be significant enough to pursue.
Here are most of the lines I discovered and drew on the Seven Sages of Greece mosaic. Click for bigger image.
These are the hot spots that had multiple crossings for a given site. Some spots are overlapped and relate to several sites.
The lines and hot spots on the Seven Sages of Greece mosaic are real, but the sanity of the creators and of my pursuit of them is in doubt.