Celsus Library, Ephesus

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  • The Library Facade
    The Library Facade
    by SirRichard
  • The Library of Celsus
    The Library of Celsus
    by miman
  • Celsus Library
    Celsus Library
    by seagoingJLW

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    The Library of Celsus

    by miman Written Jul 27, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The Celsus Library, whose facade has been carefully reconstructed from all original pieces, was built ca. 125 B.C.E. by Gaius Julius Aquila in memory of his father C.Celsus - the General Governor of the Province of Asia, in the year 135 A.D. and once held nearly 12,000 scrolls. Designed with an exaggerated entrance -- so as to enhance its perceived size, speculate many historians -- the building faces east so that the reading rooms could make best use of the morning light. An underground tunnel, marked by the simple figures of a woman, a heart, and a price, leads from the library to a nearby building believed to have been a drinking establishment or brothel.

    Fondest memory: Beautiful Sarcophagus of Celsus made with white marble

    The Library of Celsus
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    Efesus - Celsus Library

    by globetrott Updated Apr 28, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The Celsus library is about 12 meters high and you may walk freely and without restrictions between these columns. A fact that applies to almost all parts of the ancient Ephesus. Just a pity, my picture is a bit dark...

    Fondest memory: the Celsus library was the biggest library of the ancient times - it was destroyed completely amd partly rebuilt by austrian Archiolocists.


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    The Celsus Libraray

    by SirRichard Written Dec 12, 2002

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    Favorite thing: This is probably the best known landmark of Ephesus.
    The best time to visit this building is in the early morning, as it faces east and has a wonderful light as the sun rises. Only the facade remains (In 262 AD during the Gothic raids, the library was destroyed by fire), and this gives it the aspect of a theatre scenery. It has some statues: Sophia representing Wisdom, Arete-Excellence, Eunoia-Goodwill and Episteme-Knowledge.
    The Library was believed to have held about 12,000 books (papyrus scrolls), a big collection for its time.

    The Library Facade

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    The LIBRARY in Ephesus

    by codrutz Updated Jul 29, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Culture was important, and books were held of course in a library. The Ephesus library is very big and very impressive.

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    • Archeology

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