Friday, December 21, 2012

Mount Nemrut

Legend has it, King Antiochus I (86-36 BC) thought he was equal to the gods. He just needed a monument to reflect it. So he aimed high. After all, if he was equal to the gods, he may as well rule among them.

He had statues erected of himself, and his fellow god and goddess cohorts, on the peak of Mount Nemrut, some 7000 feet high. That way, it is said, the sun would rise and bow at his feet. In addition, he had  festivities on top of the mount celebrating his birthday and coronation. Every. Single. Month. (The 16th and the 10th, respectively). Here was a man who, clearly, had no issues with self-esteem.

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