National Geographic : 1957 Feb
I r-A + Mounted Hunter Stabs a Frightened Hare The rider strikes with a two pronged hunting spear. Hunt ers jabbed with the weapon or held it steady against charging beasts. Stylized shadows look like curved walking sticks. © National Geographic Society 213 i iP ""~ .I_. Roman Nobleman Burns Incense to Diana for a Successful Hunt * Three men who became em . peror are believed to appear in this mosaic. The man feeding the sacred fire has been identified as Con stantius Chlorus, who governed Rome A.D. 305-306. An image of Diana, bow in hand, stands on a pillar behind the altar. Dismounted horseman at left resembles portraits of Constan tius's son, Constantine I, who became Rome's first Christian emperor and founder of Con Sstantinople. Here, before his con version, he appears as a pagan. A third patrician (right), S wearing the Herculean ivy leaf, is thought to be Maximian's son Maxentius, who seized imperial power but lost it. E-Page 212, lower: A hunting dog harasses the altar-bound sacrifice shown in part above. Artisans depicted the boar with eye downcast at its tormentor.