Vergil holding the scroll with text of “Aeneid” seated between the muses of history (Clio) and tragedy (Melpomene). Mosaic. 3rd century. 123 × 122 cm. Tunis, The National Museum of Bardo. Origin: The “maison de l’Arsenal” or “maison de Virgile” in Sousse, Tunisia (ancient Hadrumetum in the province Byzacena). Discovered in 1896 by French soldiers excavating for an arsenal. The scroll in Virgil's hand reads, “Musa, mihi causas memora,” from the first lines of the Aeneid.