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Ephesus, the Library of Celsius, the Forum and the Harbour

When I saw Ephesus for the first time, in 1968, I had a kind of cultural shock. What I had been taught in books or by teachers about the world of Antiquity was suddenly there. I could see it; I could touch it.
When I returned to that place in 1991 the emotion was still there. The importance of that commercial, intellectual and spiritual centre was still more clearly visible. The Artemis temple had stood there. There was the Library of Celsius. There were references to the Greeks, the Romans, Saint Paul, the first Christians, etc...
2000 years ago the sea used to bring all sorts of vessels directly into the harbour visible in this photograph, as our Turkish guide, who was also a good narrator and a poet, let us imagine.
We could contemplate the whole town, the Library, the Forum, the ships and the sea not very far.
We could hear the people talk in Greek, Latin and other languages of that time.
Through the years the sea had gradually receded 3 or 4 miles away and Ephesus had been forgotten for a long time.
Now it is one of the most important archaelogical sites in Modern Turkey.

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