Turkey: Ancient Cultures of Eastern Anatolia - paulsmit
'Hercules on Nemrud Dag.'

	On top of Mount Nemrud, east of Adiyaman, king Antiochus I (ca. 62 -32 BC) of Commagene built for himself a huge tumulus flanked by rows of giant statues. Commagene was a small independent kingdom squeezed between the Roman Empire and the Parthian (Persian) kingdom. The statues are syncretic deities that represent a mix of ancient (Zoroastrian) Persian and Greek/Roman gods. Here we see the fusion between Hercules and the Persian God of War Artagnes. The head has toppled from a statue that occupies a terrace on the west side of the tumulus, which can be seen looming behind. Photo Mick Palarczyk.