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Ephesus

Ruins of buildings on the northern slope of ancient Ephesus, in western Asia Minor.

The ancient city of Ephesus is located in Selçuk, a small town near Ku┼čadasi on Turkey's western coast. Nearly 300,000 people lived there at its height, in the second century C.E. Its busy seaport ferried goods from Asia to Greece, Italy, and other areas on the Mediterranean Sea. Ephesus's great claim to fame was its temple to the goddess Artemis. One of the "seven wonders" of the ancient world, it was almost four times larger than the Parthenon in Athens.  Later Ephesus became a religious center of early Christianity.

 

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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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