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The Romans were constructing the mosaics with small pieces so called teselas, of there that refiriesen to them also like opus tessellatum.
The teselas are pieces, made of cubic form of calcareous rocks or material of glass or ceramics, very elegant and elaborated and of different sizes.
The artist was arranging them on the surface, as a puzzle, distributing the color and the form and agglomerating them with a cement mass.

The mosaics were for the Romans a decorative element for the architectural spaces. It managed to be such a valued and spread art that in the 3rd century
the emperor Diocleciano promulgated a decree in the one that established the price that the artists could give to his works, according to the degrees of
previous qualification. When in the year 330 the emperor Constantino moved the capital of the Roman Empire of East to Byzantium, it granted enough
facilities and favored the exodus to the Greek teachers and Roman manufacturers of mosaics (called mosaistas). In Byzantium the art of the mosaic
joined with the oriental tradition and gave place to an evolution that differed especially for the use very generalized of big quantities of gold

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