Lion of Halikarnassos

One of the lions from the Mausoleum of Halikarnassos. In the British Museum, London.


The Mausoleum of Halikarnassos was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Mausolus, from whose name we get the word mausoleum, ruled 377-353 BC in Caria and Lycia in what is now south-western Turkey. His tomb, the mausoleum, was completed after his death when the rulership passed to his wife and sister Artemisia (ruled 353-350 BC). She was a patron of the arts, and was succeeded by her sister Ada (ruled 350-341 BC, deposed by her brother Pixodarus, and reinstated in 334 BC by Alexander the Great).

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