Excavations around the Hecatomnus Mausoleum in the
western province of Mugla’s Milas district have unearthed a
written stela that dates back over two millennia.
The stela is an extraordinary finding that offers very
important data to historians and philologists, according
The stela, which is estimated to have been written for the
ruler of its era, is in the poetry format and the longest
among other similar classical-era findings.
According to information provided by the Milas Uzunyuva
Project Epigraph Professor Christian Marek, the writing on
the stela has a poetical language in a style called “catalectic
There are 121 lines in the stela, although its upper surface has
It is estimated that the stela was erected at the end of fourth
century B.C. or at the beginning of the third century B.C.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News [October 19, 2014]