Tuesday, October 14, 2014


The whole earth is the tomb of heroic men and their story is not given only on stone over their clay but abides everywhere without visible symbol woven into the stuff of other mens lives.


in mausoleum, sole
one's bottom chatter

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1.  Etmyology of mausoleum
mausoleum (n.)  “magnificent tomb” [1540’s] from Latin mausoleum, from Greek Mausoleion, name of the massive marble tomb built 353 B.C.E. at Halicarnassus (Greek city in Asia Minor) for Mausolos, Persian satrap [governors of  large, Persian provinces or satrapies are called satraps] who made himself king of Caria. It was built by his wife (and sister), Artemisia. Counted among the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, it was destroyed by an earthquake in the Middle Ages. General sense of "any stately burial-place" is from c.1600.  [See etmonline.com]

2. The Mausoleum was approximately 45 m (148 ft) in height, and the four sides were adorned with sculptural reliefs, each created by one of four Greek sculptors—Leochares, Bryaxis, Scopas of Paros and Timotheus. The finished structure of the mausoleum was considered to be such an aesthetic triumph that Antipater of Sidon identified it as one of his Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was destroyed by successive earthquakes from the 12th to the 15th century. [See wiki]

3. Pausanias adds that the Romans considered the Mausoleum one of the great wonders of the world and it was for that reason that they called all their magnificent tombs mausolea, after it.[see  Fergusson, James (1862) Mausoleum at Halicarnassus: Recently Discovered Remains London: John Murray p. 10.

4. List of “The Seven Wonders of the World” of which the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus is one.