Monday, January 17, 2005

The Nemrut-Dagi

At the top of Mt. Nemrut, King Antiochus Theos of Commagene built his tomb-sanctuary along with huge statues (8-9 meters high) of himself, two lions and two eagles, and various Greek and Persian gods such as Hercules, in 62 BCE. These statues were once seated, with names of each god inscribed on them. Over the centuries that passed, the heads of the statues have come off and now are scattered throughout the site.

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