The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

How magnificent it must have been

to see the tomb at Halicarnassus!

Those marble lions, guardians against evil,

the twelve metre-high columns

and statues of Greeks fighting panthers,

stags and boars; the joy of the hunt

was encompassed in that stunning structure.

 

Upon the pyramid of steps on the roof, Mausolus rode

a four-horse chariot: yes, he who lent the monument

and other buildings serving a similar purpose

his name. I would have gasped at the detail,

gawped at the height - leant against its walls

in need of support! -

had it only still been standing...

The End

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