Konstantinos Zachos, the Honorary Ephorate of Antiquities and coordinator of the excavation and study of the findings, told the The Independent that “Both historically and archaeologically, this remarkable Roman structure is of tremendous international importance – and continuing research is likely to shed yet more light on the battle that gave birth to the Roman Empire.”
At the heart of the monument, built on the sacred hill of Apollo, was a monumental altar that featured two stacked friezes, about twenty-four meters in length, sculpted in relief. The lower frieze depicted enemy spoils, while the upper one showed the famous triumph that Augustus held in Rome in the summer of 29 BC to celebrate his victory over Mark Antony and Cleopatra at the battle of Actium.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) has supported the Nicopolis Research Society with grants for the preservation, recording, documentation and study of the relief fragments that have emerged from the excavations at the Monument, as well as for the creation of a scholarly publication presenting the findings, currently in progress.
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