In 117 CE the emperor Trajan died at Selinus (modern Gazipaşa, Turkey) while returning to Italy from the East. A building preserved among the ruins of the ancient city has been historically labeled as a cenotaph associated with the emperor’s death in the city. This structure has been identified as temple-like by the recent excavators, but continues to be called a cenotaph. This paper addresses the notion of this identification as a body-less mausoleum, and suggests that the structure served not only as a cult temple to the Deified Trajan, but also may mark the location of the ustrinum for Trajan’s funerary pyre.
How to Cite
Hoff, M., (2016) “The Şekerhane Köşkü at Selinus (Cilicia): The Temple of the Deified Trajan”, Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 10(1), p.56-68. doi: https://doi.org/10.2458/azu_jaei_v10i1_hoff