Be Cheerful, Enjoy Your Life

Words to live by.

A 2,400 year-old mosaic featuring a wine-drinking skeleton and the ancient equivalent of a self-help message has been uncovered in Turkey.

Reclining on a cushion, the skeleton holds a wine cup in one hand while bread and an amphora of wine sit close to hand. Above it, in Greek, is written the phrase, “be cheerful, enjoy your life”.

The mosaic was found in the Turkish province of Hatay near the Syrian border and was part of a richly-decorated floor of what was most likely a wealthy family’s dining room.


8 Responses to “Be Cheerful, Enjoy Your Life”

  1. Kathy Kinsley says:

    “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die”

    My translation. Though, I think I’ve heard that elsewhere.


  2. tree hugging sister says:


  3. BlackDog says:

    When will this appear on Bingley’s dining room?

  4. BlackDog says:

    It’s been on my Mothers dining room for decades.

  5. Syd B. says:

    That had to be some pretty shitty wine.

  6. Mr. Bingley says:

    Blackdog, the tile guys are laying the new floor this weekend!

  7. BlackDog says:

    Great. When’s the party?

  8. BlackDog says:

    I will be there in spirits only, drinking spirits & wine at Casa
    de CanisMajorisNegro.

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