Mytilene, which had supported Mithridates, was captured by the Romans in 80 B.C., and deprived of its freedom. In 62 B.C. Pompeius restored its freedom ( Plut:Pomp_42 ). Therefore the city gave him the title of 'founder'; see V.I.Anastasiadas, "Theophanes and Mytilene's Freedom Reconsidered" ( PDF ).
The people honours its own saviour and founder, Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus son of Gnaeus, three times imperator, who put an end to the wars that gripped the world, both by land and by sea.
Dorotheos of Olynthos, the son of Hegesandros, made the statue.
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