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Eski Kâhta ( Kocahisar ) - Eski Kale ( Arsameia )
2 May 1982
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Arsameia on the Nymphaios ( Kahta Çay ) is the site of the Hierothesion ( tomb-sanctuary ) of Commagene King Mithridates I Kallinikos ( r 109 - 70 BC ). Among the remains is this stele, some 3m high, showing Mithradates greeting Hercules. It was re-erected in its original position in 1952 and is sited next to a lengthy Greek insciption above the entrance to a tunnel some 160m long descending into the mountain.