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Opramoas monument

I will stop complaining about the reconstruction in a way I see increasingly in Turkey: using new stone missing parts are filled in (and I wonder to what extent old parts have been cleaned), giving the whole a brand new aspect which will take years of weathering to look even faintly ancient.
Wikipedia: Opramoas was an important civic benefactor in the 2nd century CE. He is the best known ancient euergete. He was a magnate from the small Lycian town of Rhodiapolis (southern Anatolia, in modern Turkey). His activities are recorded in extensive Greek inscriptions on the walls of his mausoleum at Rhodiapolis. "...apart from his gifts of games and a mass of civic buildings, we have recently found him offering to pay for the primary schooling of all the citizen-children at Xanthus, boys and girls alike"..." he gave funds for burial to people in need and paid the dowries of poor families' daughters"
And: On the monument's walls is the longest inscription in Lycia, commemorating his benefactions and the numerous honors bestowed on him. According to these, Opramoas donated approximately 500,000 denarii to twenty-eight cities in Lycia to repair the damage caused by an earthquake between 140 and 143 AD. He also funded the construction of two temples at Rhodiapolis. Heraclitus was another famous resident, known for his oratory and knowledge of medicine.
From “On the Lycian way”: He was born and died in Rhodiapolis. He belonged to one of the most prominent Lycian families. He became archbishop of the emperor cult, Lycian league clerk and Lyciarch, i.e. Lycian League President.
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