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The Memmius Monument

The Memmius Monument is located on the north side of Domitian Square in the ancient city of Ephesus near the Aegean Sea in Turkey. The monument resembles a four sided victory arch. Its base is made of local stones and the other sides are made of marble. Most of the blocks with figures are missing; the remaining figures belong to Memmius, his father Caisus and his grandfather Sulla.

The monument was constructed in the 1st Century B.C. during the rule of Augusta Caesar over the Roman Empire when the Empire included Turkey. It is named after Memmius, the grandson of the Roman dictator Sulla, who was in command of the area including Ephesus. Sulla led an army of Romans into the area and pushed out the ruling king Mithridates to free the region from tyranny.

There is a Latin inscription on the monument that states “Caius Memmius is the son of Caicus, grandson of Cornelius Sulla.”

My original picture was a slide taken in 1991 scanned recently into a digital image.

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