Mylasa: Poem by Pytheos

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I'll blog more about this tomorrow, but as well as the Hecatomnus eulogy inscription found at the Mausoleum recently, this inscription has just been announced. It was found at the tomb of Hecatomnus at Mylasa, one of the few items the looters didn't manage to steal, and is a poem by Pytheos, probably the same man who was the architect of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus and many temples in Caria. One of his temple, the temple of Athena at Priene, has Alexander the Great's name on it as I've mentioned before.


  1. Hi. I wonder where do you base your belief that mausolus, or ekatomonos, or artemisia, where persians? Is there, historical proof of that?? The fact that minor asia and all of the greek cities where under the domination of the persian empire, for centuries, doesnt make them persians, dont you think?

  2. No, they are native Carians who served as Persian Satraps. They were not Greek either, although the earlier rulers like Artemisia I who may or may not be related to them had links to Crete - her mother was from Crete, and they generally may have claimed Minoan links, for example the axe of Zeus there.

  3. Mmm, okay, is their carian origin compatible with their monotonous use of the greek language in the inscriptions found, ie the mausuleum etc?? How about the people? They were native carians too?? Wasnt alicarnassus part of the doric exapolis, spartan colonies established in rodhes, kos and the minor asia coast across during the first colonization(sixth century) ? Thank you for your time

  4. The Hellenic influence on the Carians is well documented a perfect example would be the tombs of Carian nobility in Kaunos


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