Mount Nemrut

The Armenian Pantheon of Gods on Mount Nemrut. Erected in 63 BC by King Antionchus I Theos of the Orontid Dynasty of the Armenian Kingdom of Kamakh (Commagene) located in the southwest of historic Armenia today in the republic of Turkey. Traditional themes of Eagles and Lions trademark to Armenian imagery and identification.


6 thoughts on “Mount Nemrut”

  1. The mausoleum of Antiochus I (69–34 B.C.), who reigned over Commagene, a kingdom founded north of Syria and the Euphrates after the breakup of Alexander’s empire, is one of the most ambitious constructions of the Hellenistic period. The syncretism of its pantheon, and the lineage of its kings, which can be traced back through two sets of legends, Greek and Persian, is evidence of the dual origin of this kingdom’s culture.

  2. Tamar, what a great blog. Regarding Nemrut Dagh, I’m stunned. In 2006, my wife and I went to Nemrut Dagh and it never occurred to me that it was an Armenian site. A turkish booklet guide made no mention of Armenians, which in retrospect shouldn’t have surprised me, given ongoing Turkish efforts to rewrite history following the Armenian Genocide. Keep up the great work!

    1. Haha! Honesty, sometimes I wonder if it isn’t a good thing the Turks had it under their control. Our culture had a tendency to wipe away everything non-Christian. I’m surprised Garni survived, and that was only because the king decreed it so and because the royal queens and princesses enjoyed it as a summer retreat. Nearly everything we know about our ancient pantheon comes from Nemrut. I’m jealous you had the chance to see it in person!

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