Tomb of Sampsigeramus

The Tomb of Sampsigeramus was a mausoleum that formerly stood in the necropolis of Emesa (modern-day Homs, Syria).[3][4] It is thought to have been built in 78 or 79 CE by a relative of the Emesene dynasty. The remains of the mausoleum were blown up with dynamite by the Ottoman authorities c. 1911, in order to make room for an oil depot.[3][4]

Tomb of Sampsigeramus
The Tomb of Sampsigeramus, photographed 1907, before its remains were blown up c. 1911
LocationNecropolis of Emesa (modern-day Homs), Syria
Coordinates34°43′38.986″N 36°42′13.784″E[1]
TypeMausoleum
History
BuilderGaius Julius Sampsigeramus
Founded78 or 79 CE[2]
Site notes
ConditionRuined

According to Andreas Kropp, the monument may be considered to have been a "hybrid creation" and a "fascinating one-off experiment" that resulted from "the cultural choices which the ruling class of Emesa had to face when attempting to reconcile Roman allegiance and Near Eastern tradition."[5]