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A limestone relief from the base of the Heroon that towers over the Upper Agora at Sagalassos.

This image is of one of the 14 dancing girls who holds a  seven-stringed musical instrument that was strummed or plucked—a lyre.

The Heroon consists of a square podium base, on top of which are three steps, then a frieze depicting 14 dancing girls—each holding the garment of their neighbor, and the Corinthian-like structure above it.

The Heroon was probably built during the reign of the Roman Emperor Augustus (r. 27 B.C.–A.D. 14) but commemorates Alexander the Great who conquered Sagalassos in 333 B.C.