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Tomb of Flavius Zeuxis
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View looking east at the western (front) façade of the reconstructed tomb of Flavius Zeuxis. The tomb dates to the late first century A.D.

Note the finely carved doorway with doorposts and lintel, the carved base, the slightly protruding stones of the corners (pilasters) of the tomb, the upper molding, and the Doric frieze composed of triglyphs and metopes filled with rosettes!

The Greek inscription just above the door describes how Flavius Zeuxis, a merchant of Hierapolis, made 72 sea voyages to and from Rome.  This is a clear indication that sea travel was very common.  By comparison, the apostle Paul did not rack up nearly as many “frequent sailor miles” as did Flavius Zeuxis.

For a detail of this important inscription Click Here .