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Menecrate's Monument
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Menecrate's Monument is in the Garitsa area  on the borders of the cemetery of ancient Corfu, facing the gate of Alkinoos' port. 

It is a circular tomb, constructed in the 6th century BC . with an impressive archaic inscription, which is considered to be one of the most ancient inscriptions in Greece .

It's a burial monument , a cenotaph in honor of Menecrates, ambassador of Corfu to Oiantheia , a town near today's town of Galaxidi. According to the inscription, the people of the town, in recognition of his offer, created the monument. The inscription, written in Corinthian alphabet , dates approximately to 600 BC . (it is one of the most ancient saved Greek inscriptions), while the architecture of the cenotaph is chronologically set at 570/540 BC and there is only one similar monument at Lindos, Rhodes.

At the archaeological museum of Corfu there is also  a marble lion, the 'lion of Menecrates' , which ows this name  to the original impression that it laid on top of Menecrates cenotaph.

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