"Ephesus" Ephesus Travelogue by seagoingJLW
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Inland, near Izmir, is the site of the ruins of Ephesus. Only a small portion of the old Roman seaport has been uncovered. It is hard to imagine that this area was once near the sea.
Ephesus is the most fabulous archaeological site in Turkey. It has to be walked through. Start at the Upper (magnesia) Gate and leave via the Lower Gate so that your walking is all downhill. The most important places to try to see are the Amphitheat which seats 25,000 and is still used for concerts, the Arcadian Way which runs from the Amphitheater to the old port (now long since silted up). It was one of the few steps in the ancient world lit at night, and must have impresseed Cleopatra who walked down it on arrival in Ephesus. Also take note of the Library of Celsus, the Public Latrines, and the Fountain of Trajan. You will need at least an hour and a half to cover the highlights and even more to do it justice.
The archaeologists are still digging. They claim that there is much more beneath the ground than they have already dug up.
A good guide can make all the difference. Try to arrange for a good guide through recommendation. Nuran, our guide, was excellent.
This is the Celsus Library. It was second only to the famous library in Alexandria.<BR>
Tiberias Julius Celsus was the General Governor of the Asian Province. He died in 114 at the age of seventy and was placed in a sarcophagus at the entrance of the Ephesus agora. His son, consul Tiberias Juliua Apuila, started to build a library on the tomb of his father but became ill. It was completed by the grndson of Celsus in 125 AD.
The library was ruined and burrned when the Goths invaded in 265 AD.
The synagogue was on the left.
If you look closely at the steps of the library, you can see a menorah etched into the marble. It is in the center, one inch from the bottom.
This is the monument built in the name of the family of Memmius who was the grandchild of the dictator Sulla.
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