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

In this image, the woman on the left looks over her shoulder backward, and the figure on the right, strides to the right—both garments indicating movement.  Notice the "fringe" on the "train" of the garment that connects the figures.  This is an original that is in the museum in Burdur—the reliefs on the site are copies.


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.