What word literally means
"magnificent tomb" in Latin?
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The word mausoleum (1546) means "magnificent tomb" in Latin. It
derives from the Greek Mausoleion, which was
coined from the name of a massive marble tomb built in 353 BC at Halicarnassus
in Asia Minor for Mausolos, a Persian satrap -
it was built by his sister (and wife) and was one of the Seven Wonders of the
world, until destroyed by an earthquake.
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