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Contemporary writers on mosaicists, workshops, copybooks



1. Bruni, M. G., 2009. The Monumental Villa at Palazzi di Casignana and the Roman Elite in Calabria (Italy) during the Fourth Century AD. Ph.D. USA: UC Berkeley.

' can be said with some confidence that all the floors that decorate the Villa at Palazzi di Casignana find close parallels more or less in some part of the Empire or other. This, in turn, would confirm that the mosaic workshops (officinae) all over the Roman world used copy-books (whatever form they took), which contained a collection of motifs and patterns that circulated widely among mosaicists. These craftsmen did not create a wholly original floor but most likely drew their designs from a shared repertoire while creating personal variations of popular patterns.'

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2. Jones, P (2013). Veni, Vidi, Vici. London: Atlantic Press. p214.

'Only one contract survives for laying a mosaic. It instructs 'for the flower, follow the design provided by the royal palace'. No other reference is given to this in the book.

Lichtenberger, A Raja, R. (2017). Mosaicists at work: the organisation of mosaic production in Early Islamic Jerash. Antiquity. 91 Issue 358, p.1005.

 As no studio has yet been excavated, it is generally assumed that mosaic workshops were mobile, and that mosaicists worked where the mosaics were laid.