Turkey: Ancient Cultures of Eastern Anatolia - paulsmit
'Mithradates shaking hands with Hercules-1.'

	At Arsameia, the ruined capital of the Commagene kingdom in the first century BC, a relief shows king Mithradates Kallinikos (left) shaking hands with Hercules, who in Commagene also represented the persian god Artagnes. Commagene was a small independent kingdom squeezed between the Roman Empire and the Parthian (Persian) kingdom, east of modern Adiyaman. Photo Mick Palarczyk.