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Inscription on Newly Found 2,400-Year-Old Mosaic: ‘Be Cheerful, Enjoy Your Life’

It’s good advice.

Look. It’s been a long week. We should probably just open a bottle of rosé. Or tell ourselves some platitudes. Life does go on. 

Take this advice, for example, uncovered recently in Turkey on a mosaic that is believed to have been in the dining room of a home in the 3rd century, B.C.E.: “Be cheerful, enjoy your life.” 

Another Turkish news outlet reports that the phrase is in fact “Be cheerful, live your life,” confusingly citing the same archaeologist. Whatever the iteration, we can probably all agree that that is good, if somewhat banal, advice.

Below the inscription is a bottle of wine, some bread, and a reclining skeleton. In the skeleton’s hand? A jorum, or cup, most likely full of said wine. Which, after a long week, sounds about right.