• Agathokles als Grabherr des Mausoleums von Belevi?

    Author(s):
    Matthias Grawehr (see profile)
    Date:
    2014
    Group(s):
    Archaeology
    Subject(s):
    Classical archaeology, Ancient architectures, Ancient history, Hellenistic history, Classical Greek culture
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Agathokles, Lysimachus, Phaethon, Belevi, Mausoleum
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6CG3H
    Abstract:
    The Belevi mausoleum is one of the largest preserved sepulchral monuments of the Hellenistic period. The identity of its owner remains unknown. Manifestly unfinished elements indicate that the building was assembled in great haste and with optimized effort, and also that it could never be entirely completed. Among other evidence pertaining to the owner, little attention has so far been given to the representation of Phaethon on the east side of the cella, attested through inscriptions. There are striking similarities between this myth and the literary sources concerning the death of Agathokles († between 285 and 281 b.c.), son of Lysimachos. Such an intentional choice of subject would reveal the Belevi mausoleum as an early example for the explicit use of mythological imagery in Hellenistic ruler propaganda.
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