The authors thank Ephraim Sterm of the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, director of the Tel Dor excavations (1980–2000), and current directors Ilan Sharon and Ayelet Gilboa of the Hebrew University and Haifa University, respectively, for permission to publish this material. Bracha Guz-Zilberstein and the other museum staff at the “Glasshouse” at Nachsholim offered assistance at various stages of the project. The mosaic was conserved and restored by Orna Cohen and photographed by Gabi Laron; field photographs were taken by Israel Hirschberg. Preliminary publication of the mosaic by the current co-authors appeared in “Hellenistic Discoveries at Tel Dor, Israel,” Hesperia 72 (2003), pp. 121–145. For important updates and new information about the mosaic floor’s organization, see William Wootton, “Piecing It Together: The Fragmentary Hellenistic Vermiculatum Mosaic from Tel Dor,” in Donna Kurtz et al., eds., Essays in Classical Archaeology for Eleni Hatzivassiliou 1977–2007 (Oxford: Archaeopress, 2008), pp. 259–268.


Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, 13.12.2, 4. Josephus uses the Greek word tyrannos for the ruler here, which does not necessarily have the same negative connotations as the English translation (it refers to one who has gained power unconventionally, outside of constitutional or heredity means). This Zoilos of Dor should not be confused with Zoilos I Dikaios, the Indo-Greek king who ruled in northern India during the mid-second century B.C.E.