Zenfolio | Eric Bergan | Ephesus
Ephesus, a port city now in Turkey, had a Greek past, but truly blossomed as a Roman city. In fact, at one point it was the second largest city (250,000 inhabitants) in the Roman Empire. Mismanagement of it's harbor, allowing silt to fill it, followed by malaria, caused it to be completely abandoned fairly rapidly, and eventually it was buried by earthquakes and dirt from the surrounding hills. It is now a huge archeological dig. The most recognizable structure at Ephesus is probably the rebuilt facade of the Library of Celsus.

Our excursion at Ephesus started at the museum there. Our tour was billed as "with expert", and it turned out our expert was in fact the retired director of the museum and had overseen the dig for several decades. Once we arrived at the ruins, he had tremendous insight into them, including pointing out areas he had been involved in excavating. He was constantly scanning the ground as we were walking around, and at one point, found a roman coin!
Current activity is focused on the "Terrace Houses" - an area of houses that belonged to probably the most wealthy of the Ephesus residents. As we walked through the area, we could watch as they tried to reassemble the walls, mosaic floors, etc. from all the shattered pieces. Truly an epic jigsaw puzzle.

Recreation of Ephesus Sitting Room

Recreation of Ephesus Sitting Room

Recovered Sarcophagus

Recovered Sarcophagus

Theater

Theater

Ancient Shops

Ancient Shops

Site of the Old Harbor

Site of the Old Harbor

Ruins

Ruins

Avenue

Avenue

Library

Library

Columns and Arch

Columns and Arch

Outside Mosaic

Outside Mosaic

Terrace Houses Restoration

Terrace Houses Restoration

Paritally Assembled

Paritally Assembled

Indoor Plumbing

Indoor Plumbing

Paritally Assembled Mosaic

Paritally Assembled Mosaic

How They Spent Their Summer Internships

How They Spent Their Summer Internships

Restoring a Wall

Restoring a Wall

Gladiator Graphitti

Gladiator Graphitti

Bedrooms

Bedrooms

Floor Mosaic

Floor Mosaic

Ephesus Surroundings

Ephesus Surroundings

Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Middle East
Subcategory Detail:Turkey
Keywords:Ephesus