June 11, 2013 by brasiersarah
The glorious city of Ephesus was a major part of history for thousands of years and entertained rulers and religions from around the globe. Founded in 10th contrary BC and having a population of 250,000 in 1 BC, it’s no wonder it is one of the seven wonders of the world. The gateway from the port lead directly to the city’s stadium capable of holding up to 25,000 and was the first sight you laid eyes onto if you entered 20,000 years ago. Originally used for drama acts it eventually housed gladiator combats and political announcements.20,000 years ago the end of this strip was a port but the water slowly began to recede leading to the eventual downfall of the city. The trade route left a nasty marsh in its place and a breeding place for malaria. The city was eventually abandoned in the 15th century marking the death of Ephesus.Romans, Egyptians, Greeks, Syrians, Persians you name it and they where there. There is so much history behind this city, if keep in mind that on 15% of the city has been excavated then there is so much left unknown and to be known.
One of the many relicts with inscriptions found around Ephesus. Many pieces of the puzzle have yet to be unearthed, many that have been sit idly on the ground waiting for an archaeologist to piece together another part of the giant 3D puzzle.
The library Celsus is the main attraction and for a good reason. It’s beautiful marble work has stood the test of time and bar a few disfigurements it could have been sculpted a few weeks ago. From left to right the status that guard the library are Sophia-wisdom, Arete-realization of ones potential, Ennoia-reason or judgement and Episteme-Knowledge. It seems that this city held a great respect to knowledge and thats why I think it was such a major success. The first reason a civilisation crumbles is the disregard for education, or worse consciously extinguishing education. Ephesus was also a major centre for Christianity, and was the home of the Virgin Mary for a number of years of her life. It’s said that the Virgin Mary spent her last days here before being buried in Jerusalem.This was where deep thinking, personal connection, important conversations and pooping happened. Our audio guide explained that even rich people with there own personal toilets would come down to the communal shit house so they could get the latest gossip. We have Facebook, and they have…..well this.This temple tells the story of how the city of Ephesus was founded. Inscribed on the wall is the story of how Androklos came to discover the city’s foundations. He approached an oracle and was told “The fish will be the sign and a boar shall show you the way”. Now I don’t know about you, but that sounds like the classic hide and seek trick you play with children “yea you go hide and I will definitely come and find you”. This was the smaller stadium used for political purposes and only houses 1500 people.
Between 102-114AD a statue was constructed in the honour of Androklos the founder of the city. All thats left is the foot on top of the globe representing his domination of the world.In Bursa we saw a representation on the universe with depicting round planets revolving around the sun, around 200 years before history marked Galileo as the innovator of Heliocentrism. This statue was sculpted 1300 years before that suggesting that Heliocentrism is as ancient as time itself. History is right in front of us and if we look longer enough and ask enough questions then we will find the truth. Never stop asking questions, I can’t stress this enough because when you stop wondering you mind begins to close and you crash into the slippery pit of ignorance. “He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.” – Chinese proverb