Our visit to the Mediterranean several years ago focused primarily on the ancient world. As a kid, somewhere I picked up the word archaeologist, and the romance and magic of the ancients infected me like a life-long virus ... one for which I've still never found the cure. What are you going to be when you grow up, Lois? An archaeologist, I'd answer. Back in those days (long, long ago) more often than not, I got expressions of puzzlement as a response. What the heck is an archy ... ??? What IS the child talking about???
One of the most astounding stops on our journey included a tour of the remains of the fabulous ancient city of Ephesus ... a Greek city built on the shores of the Aegean Sea in what is now three kilometres southwest of present-day Selçuk in İzmir Province, Turkey. Though the shores have long since silted over, and standing at the top of the main street you can not even see the water, in the 10th century, BC, all that was quite different. The ruins are so impressive that it's not hard to imagine the life of the bustling port city that once was.
Shown here is a capture of one of the crown-jewels of Ephesis, the Celcus Library. Named after the city’s former Roman governor and constructed in 117 AD, it became a repository of over 12,000 scrolls and one of the most impressive buildings in the then-Roman Empire.
Fine art purchases of this image will not include a watermark, and if I may make a recommendation ... this image will look its very best on the fine art paper choice of "picture rag."
December 12th, 2018
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