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Leaders and rulers in Ancient Greece

The Mausoleum at Halikarnassos

Height: 3.000 m

GR 1857.12-20.232 (Sculpture 1000)

The Mausoleum at Halikarnassos

From: Bodrum, Turkey
Date: around 350 BC

This huge statue is from the Mausoleum at Halikarnassos, the last resting place of King Maussollos, and one of the Wonders of the Ancient World.

When he died, King Mausollos wanted the people who lived after him to know how important he had been, so he had an enormous tomb built. It was more than 40 metres high, with a pyramid-shaped roof with a marble four-horse chariot on top. 36 great statues like this one stood around the edge at the top, with even more below.

The man is probably meant to be one of Mausollos' ancestors. He does not look Greek - can you see his beard and drooping moustache, and thick cloak and sandals?