Memories can be awakened by the most fleeting sensations – the smell of an attic, a stray image of a childhood friend – but those who seek to secure a lasting reputation for themselves or others have often done so through buildings. The memorial built for Mausolus at Halicarnassus outdid all others and became one of the wonders of the world. It did not so much awaken memories as plant them in the minds of those who came to wonder. The best sculptors and architects were employed, and the building was huge. Grandiose mausoleums have gone out of fashion in the modern age, but there seems to be no upper limit to the scale of these monuments, ...

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