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Built before 138 CE in honor of a visit by the emperor, but rebuilt in the 4th century. The elaborate carving is just phenomenal.

 

Bust of Tyche on the keystone of the arch in front, Medusa on the tympanum behind.

Built before 138 CE in honor of a visit by the emperor, but rebuilt in the 4th century. The elaborate carving is just phenomenal.

AWIB-ISAW: Statue of Arete and Ceiling of the Library of Celsus

View of the statue of Arete and frontal column and ceiling in the library of Celsus. by Sarah Ferguson (2009)

copyright: 2009 Sarah Ferguson (used with permission)

photographed place: Ephesus or Arsinoe(ia) (Ephesus) [http://pleiades.stoa.org/places/599612/]

 

Published by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World as part of the Ancient World Image Bank (AWIB). Further information: [http://www.nyu.edu/isaw/awib.htm].

The reconstructed facade of the Library of Celsus stands at the bottom of this steep diagonal boulevard. The louvered structure at left shelters the spectacular Terrace Houses .

AWIB-ISAW: Library of Celsus at Ephesus (I)

Frontal view of the library of Celsus at Ephesus. by Sarah Ferguson (2009)

copyright: 2009 Sarah Ferguson (used with permission)

photographed place: Ephesus or Arsinoe(ia) (Ephesus) [http://pleiades.stoa.org/places/599612/]

 

Published by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World as part of the Ancient World Image Bank (AWIB). Further information: [http://www.nyu.edu/isaw/awib.htm].

Built before 138 CE in honor of a visit by the emperor, but rebuilt in the 4th century. The elaborate carving is just phenomenal.

The reconstructed facade of the Library of Celsus stands at the bottom of the Curetes Way. The louvered structure at the left encloses the spectacular Terrace Houses; the walkway in front of it is mosaic.

AWIB-ISAW: Library of Celsus at Ephesus (III)

Upward view of the library of Celsus at Ephesus. by Sarah Ferguson (2009)

copyright: 2009 Sarah Ferguson (used with permission)

photographed place: Ephesus or Arsinoe(ia) (Ephesus) [http://pleiades.stoa.org/places/599612/]

 

Published by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World as part of the Ancient World Image Bank (AWIB). Further information: [http://www.nyu.edu/isaw/awib.htm].

AWIB-ISAW: Colonnade and Tree Line in the Commercial Agora of Ephesus

View of colonnade in the Commercial Agora of Ephesus. by Sarah Ferguson (2009)

copyright: 2009 Sarah Ferguson (used with permission)

photographed place: Ephesus or Arsinoe(ia) (Ephesus) [http://pleiades.stoa.org/places/599612/]

 

Published by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World as part of the Ancient World Image Bank (AWIB). Further information: [http://www.nyu.edu/isaw/awib.htm].

Fabulous exhibit, easily one of the highlights of our trip. Just opened around 2000; extra fee, but well worth it. They roofed over this set of luxury dwellings (dubbed Terrace House 2 by the archaeologists) and built stairways and glass-bottomed walkways that lead visitors on an Escheresque path through the ruins. Restorers are hard at work below. Freely adapted from the interpretive sign:

 

In the archaic period (7th to 6th century BCE), this flanking hillside was used as a cemetery. In Hellenistic times (c. 200 BCE), it was extensively terraced and also saw less-structured development. In the Roman period, it was the high-rent district. This complex, built in early Roman Imperial times (c. 20 CE), was a luxury 4000-square-meter (43,000-square-foot) insula (multifamily dwelling) consisting of 7 two-storey townhouses.

 

Each house was organized around a peristyle courtyard, with richly decorated reception rooms downstairs. Upstairs (now lost) would have been even more luxurious rooms for banquets and entertaining. The houses had running water and private baths and toilets.

 

The houses were destroyed by earthquakes in 262-270 CE. A few rooms were used thereafter, but there was no significant rebuilding until the 5th century. In the 7th century Byzantine mills, smithies and potteries were built over the ruins.

 

AWIB-ISAW: Sculptures at Ephesus

View of remains of various sculptures and reliefs. by Sarah Ferguson (2009)

copyright: 2009 Sarah Ferguson (used with permission)

photographed place: Ephesus or Arsinoe(ia) (Ephesus) [http://pleiades.stoa.org/places/599612/]

 

Published by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World as part of the Ancient World Image Bank (AWIB). Further information: [http://www.nyu.edu/isaw/awib.htm].

AWIB-ISAW: Mosaic Walkway Along Curetes Street

View of mosaic floor in Ephesus, Turkey. by Sarah Ferguson (2009)

copyright: 2009 Sarah Ferguson (used with permission)

photographed place: Ephesus or Arsinoe(ia) (Ephesus) [http://pleiades.stoa.org/places/599612/]

 

Published by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World as part of the Ancient World Image Bank (AWIB). Further information: [http://www.nyu.edu/isaw/awib.htm].

This was not open when we were in Ephesus, but I squeezed my camera through the bars to get a sneak peak! It is in the vaulting that once supported the Temple of Domitian.

These lined the processional street - honourable citizens with inscriptions to tell you everything they have done for the city.

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