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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Mosa’ic Work
is not connected with the proper name Moses, but with the Muses (Latin, opus muse’um, musium, or musivum; Greek, mouseion; French, mosaïque; Italian, mosaïco). Pliny says it was so called because these tesselated floors were first used in the grottoes consecrated to the Muses (XXXV. 21, s. 42). The most famous workman in mosaic work was Sosus of Per’gamos, who wrought the rich pavement in the common-hall, called Asaroton œcon. (Pliny: Natural History, xxxvi. 4, 64.)   1



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