Trip Start Dec 04, 2006
104Trip End Jun 17, 2007
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Ephesus was first built by the Romans in 300 BC. Later, it became the second most
We knew we would be seeing impressive ruins from the Roman Empire, but somehow we forgot that both Paul and John stopped here during their trips throughout the region. Paul wrote I Corinthians while staying in Ephesus, and later wrote Ephesians to the residents. Because the history of the place is so layered and complicated, I think Sean is kicking himself
We also walked to the nearby cave of the seven sleepers from Islamic lore, and stopped at a
Once we crossed through an olive grove to reach Selcuk again, we decided to go to the local museum. It has a wonderful collection of sculpture and artifacts from Ephesus, and it was well designed for weary traveler brains. The final exhibit was about gladiators and research that has been done by Austrian scientists to determine causes of death, diet, and previous injuries based on the skeletons found at the Gladiator cemetery at Ephesus. It was a fascinating look at the lives of gladiators as they paired the scientific findings with the mosaic and bas relief depictions of gladiators.