A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America
Giant stone deities, "kin" of an ancient king, litter a remote Turkish mountaintop.
Travel to one of the ancient world's most glorious (and least known) monuments, the sacred sanctuary of Antiochus I of Commagene. Antiochus I ruled over the small and vulnerable kingdom of Commagene from 69 to 40 B.C. and was notable not only for his spectacular lineage, but also for his
cultural and relgious reforms. Combining both Persian and Hellenistic
influences, Antiochus created a monument high on a Turkish moutaintop that has been long-studied but is rarely visited.
Jarrett A. Lobell is production manager and photography editor for ARCHAEOLOGY.