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View looking up at the frieze (ca. 3.8 ft. [117 cm.] high) and "temple" of the Heroon that towers over the northwest corner of the Upper Agora at Sagalassos.   The frieze depicts 14 dancing girls—each holding the garment of their neighbor and above it is the Corinthian-like structure.

The Heroon is 46 ft. [14 m.] high.  The podium and steps were found in tact and this reconstruction (anastylosis) in the main uses only materials that were found nearby!  The frieze of the 14 dancing girls is an exact copy of the originals (now in the museum in Burdur).

"Heroon" is a Greek term that refers to a monument that was built in honor of a hero.  It is not known to whom this Heroon was dedicated, although a head found nearby looks suspiciously like that of Alexander the Great—but the excavators believe that the monument was built during the reign of the Roman Emperor Augustus (27 B.C.–A.D. 17).