Friday, July 25, 2014

Picture Day Friday: Ancient Library of Ephesus

The ancient Library of Celsus is located in the Anatolian city of Ephesus, now part of Sel├žuk, Turkey. It was built by and named for the Roman Senator Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus. Construction on the library began in 117 CE and was completed in 120 CE. The Romans were among the earliest peoples to build public libraries for scholars and common people to come in and peruse the texts. The collections boasted a wide range of topics and local and internationally sourced texts, in the original or copied by scribes.

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