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Ephesus Museum, Selcuk: 24 reviews and 64 photos

Several adjacent rooms in the Selcuk museum features discoveries from fountains, temples, and other buildings as well as the most recent finds. Much of this material is poorly labelled and featured exhibits are easy to miss - we passed right by the bust of Socrates, the reclining warrior, and most famously the boy on a dolphin and never knew they were on display. there is no map or audio guide offered, a pity.

IMAGES 1 and 2 are segments of the friezes removed from the Temple of Hadrian. The original temple built in 118AD was more a monument to one of Rome's more reasonable emperors. The famed friezes were not added until the 4th Century. They depict the founding of Ephesus with depictions of the Amazons, the slaying of the boar by Androklos, and an assortment of gods including Artemis, Apollo, and Athena as well as the Christian emperor Theodosius who outlawed paganism and is therefore surrounded with a host of gods.

One striking feature is the placement of fragments of statues with renderings by line drawings of what the original piece is supposed to have appeared. In IMAGE 3, small fragments from the Pollio fountain are placed against a hand-drawn background. The statues were added to the original fountain in approximately 93 AD, embellishing a memorial to Sextillius Pollio who constructed the aqueduct supplying Ephesus with fresh water. The grouping presents Odysseus and Polyphemus. According to mythology, Polyphemus, which means famous, was a cannibalistic Cyclops, the son of the sea god Poseidon. Odysseus blinded him by driving a stake into his one good eye. Boasting of his triumph to his victim infuriated Poseidon who sent down the storms and diversions which led to the long travails for Odysseus, hence the term odyssey.
IMAGE 4 features remnants of statues of Muses and Emperors discovered near the fountain of G. Laeconius Bassus, a governor of Ephesus. The building was a gaudy two level fountain constructed in 80-82 AD by the governor himself, richly decorated througout.

IMAGE 5 is set in the little-visited courtyard which contains a few fragments, some sarcophagi, and most famous the pediment from the Pollio fountain which had been removed from the Isis temple when worship of that god tapered and the temple fell into disrepair.

Address: Atatürk Mah. U?ur Mumcu sevgi yolu
Directions: city center of Selcuk
Phone: +90 232 892 6011
Website: http://www.ephesus.us/ephesus/ephesusmuseum.htm

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  • Updated Nov 6, 2008
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  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    that placement of the pieces of the statue is very helpful. i don't remember seeing that when i was there, and would have loved it


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