National Geographic : 1961 Mar
KODACHROMES© NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY PHOTOGRAPHS BY THERESA GOELL Two thousand years ago an all-but-forgotten king raised this fantastic monument to himself and his gods. Now shattered by earthquake, ero sion, and vandalism, the figures towered 29 feet above their dais when Antiochus I of Commagene had them erected. His 150-foot funeral cairn crowns Nemrud Dagh, in Turkey's Anti-Taurus Mountains. Somewhere in the tumulus, the author believes, lie the remains of the Anatolian ruler. Severed for centuries, the huge head of Apollo Mithra, a Greco-Persian deity, stares from a pas sage on Nemrud Dagh's East Terrace.