Memmius Monument


This monument from the 1st century AD is dedicated to Caius Memmius, nephew of the dictator Sulla who sacked Ephesus in 84 BC. Pillars with dancing figures rest on a colossal square base.

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1. Hydreion

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This rectangular fountain with four columns sits next to the Memmius Monument.

2. Hercules Gate

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Marking the upper boundary of the Curetes Way, this two-storey gate with reliefs of Hercules on both main pillars was constructed in the 4th century AD…

3. Pollio Fountain

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4. Prytaneum

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Two of six original Doric columns mark the entrance to the ruined Prytaneum, one of the most important civic structures in Ephesus. Within and dedicated…

5. Temple of Hestia

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The Prytaneum hosted this shrine, where the city's eternal flame was tended by vestal virgins, and was fronted by a giant statue of Artemis, now in the…

6. Temple of Domitian

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7. Temple of Isis

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Objects discovered in this small temple in the Upper Agora suggested that it was dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Isis.

8. Curetes Way

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Named for the demigods who helped Lena give birth to Artemis and Apollo, the Curetes Way was Ephesus' main thoroughfare, 210m long and lined with statuary…