Concordia St. Paul News

November 20, 2013

Fresco Discovered by Concordia Team Now on Display at Israeli Museum

The Tyche of Sussita, unearthed by the Concordia team led by Dr. Mark Schuler in 2010 at its Hippos of the Decapolis dig site in northeast Israel, has now arrived at its new home in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

Ranked among the world’s leading art and archaeology museums with nearly 500,000 items in its collection, the museum features the most extensive holdings of biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world.

Discovered in 2010, the wall painting of Tyche is the only fresco of the Greek goddess of fortune uncovered in Israel to date.  Tyche was a prominent deity for the residents of Hippos, an ancient city on the east shore of the Sea of Galilee. The fresco of the mythical figure is believed to date to the end of the Roman period or the beginning of the Byzantine period (300-400 AD).