Ruins at Ephesus

In the ancient world, Ephesus was a center of travel and commerce in western Asia Minor. Being situated on the Aegean Sea at the mouth of the Cayster River made the city one of the greatest seaports in antiquity. This image shows ruins of the buildings on the northern slope of ancient Ephesus, circa 81-96 C.E.


The island-filled sea between Greece and Turkey, which opens to the Mediterranean sea on the south.

The historical period from the beginning of Western civilization to the start of the Middle Ages.

A term from late Antiquity, it refers to the western-most part of Asia, bordered by the Black, the Mediterranean, and Agean Seas, in what is now modern-day Turkey.

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