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History, Heritage and Archaeology – Archaeology in the Ancient World: Ephesus

Year 9 Elective History




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Ephesus, Greek Ephesos, the most important Greek city in Ionian Asia Minor, the ruins of which lie near the modern village of Selƈuk in western Turkey.

Ancient Origins

Archaeologists have uncovered a “sensational” find in Ephesus (also spelled Ephesos), an ancient Greek city which was destroyed suddenly in 614-15 AD, located in modern-day Turkey’s Izmir province. An incredibly well-preserved Byzantine business and dining space has been discovered.


Rick joins his friend (and guide for Rick's bus tours through Turkey), to learn about the ancient home of the Ephesians — one of the world’s greatest classical sites.

Exploring the Ancient city of Ephesus who once Cleopatra, John the Baptist, and Alexander the Great roam its streets and who once housed two of the ancient worlds most most famous structures, The Temple of Artemis and the Library of Celsus.

Ephesus Reconstruction Video. How Ephesus, Turkey used to look like. Take a tour through Ephesus ancient city in this amazin video. Learn how was daily life in Ancient Ephesus and how city was located next to sea.

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Ephesus was a city in ancient Greece on the coast of Ionia, 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) southwest of present-day Selçuk in İzmir Province, Turkey.


Located within what was once the estuary of the River Kaystros, Ephesus comprises successive Hellenistic and Roman settlements founded on new locations, which followed the coastline as it retreated westward.