The Emphasis is on Ephesus

Let me be clear. While I took history classes in school like everyone else, I was probably paying much more attention to what the girls were wearing and where I was going after school. Consequently, I spent 2 1/2 weeks in the cradle of history without a lot of background information to draw on.

Since we are never to old to learn…Have a guide and Google, then suddenly all these pictures I took are starting to make some sense! I am still easily distracted, because amongst these incredible ruins, my eyes kept focusing on all the cats. I mean, lots and lots all over the city.  A rat doesn’t stand a chance! These cats are all very healthy and are cared for by all the citzens.

With the disclaimer clear, I will share my Ephesus day with you.  It was unfortunately cold and ultimately a rainy day. But it didn’t change the fact this was an incredible site. After editing all the pictures of that day, this will need to be a two parter.

Here we go…Let’s start with a cat or two.The Bath of Varius. The construction dates back to the 2nd century A.D. There are three sections, frigidarium (cold water), tepidarium (warm water) and caldarium (hot water). Sure explains how the English language was developed.Prytaneion. Religious ceremonies and official receptions and banquets were held here. Construction dates back to the 3rd century B.C.The Fountain of Pollio, built in 97 A.D. The water was brought to the fountains from three main aqueducts and distributed through baked clay pipes.The Temple of Domitian. This was the first structure in Ephesus dedicated to an emperor. He wasn’t popular and was ultimately killed by his servant. His name was erased, but later re-dedicated to his father, Vespasian.For all you very smart and informed people, you may already know this, Nike, yes that popular shoe, takes its design from the Goddess of Victory!The Temple of Hadrian, was built before 138 A.D. Just realizing how old these structures are and their remarkable condition is incredible. Everybody has to “go” somewhere. The Latrines were built in the 1st Century A.D. Believe it or not, the public toilets of the city had an entrance fee to use them. I have no idea, to your question, best to hold on to those gold coins!!!The Celsus Library, built in 117 A.D. They found 12,000 scrolls, making it the third richest library in ancient times. The statues symbolize wisdom, knowledge, intelligence and valor. Getting out the umbrellas, hoods up!I didn’t research the population of this period, but it must have been large because 1,500 spectators went to the Odeon for concerts, built in 150 A.D.

The Great Theatre of Ephesus, was constructed in the 3rd century B.C. with a capacity of 25,000 seats. Concerts, plays and along with political discussions and gladiator and animal fights took place here.

Next time, I’ll take you inside the Terrace Houses with amazing tiles and restoration. But before I conclude, it’s time to feed the cats!Here’s a sneak peak.