Beth Alpha Zodiac Panel

Beth Alpha Zodiac Panel is a circular mosaic that features a Jewish adaptation of the Greco-Roman zodiac in the Beth Alpha Synagogue.


The central panel features a Jewish adaptation of the Greco-Roman zodiac. The zodiac consists of two concentric circles, with the twelve zodiac signs appearing in the outer circle, and Helios, the Greco-Roman sun god, appearing in the inner circle. The zodiac symbols and seasonal busts are labeled with their corresponding Hebrew names.


Female busts symbolizing the four seasons appear in the four corners immediately outside the zodiac wheel.


In the center, Helios appears with his signature Greco-Roman iconographic elements such as the fiery crown of rays adorning his head and the highly stylized quadriga or four-horse-drawn chariot. The background is decorated with a crescent shaped moon and stars.

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