Explore The Ancient Roman Library of Celsus in Ephesus



In the land that is now Turkey, a wide marble road slopes down to one of the largest libraries of the ancient world.


Between 12,000 and 15,000 scrolls were housed in the grand Library of Celsus in the Roman city, Ephesus.


The Library of Celsus was the third largest library in Classical Antiquity. It is known for its striking architecture and for the fact that it once held 12,000 scrolls containing a wealth of knowledge from the ancient world. Sadly, none of them survived the library’s destruction in 262 AD.


The Library of Celsus was remarkable not only for its size and its beauty, but also for its clever and efficient design.


Most Roman libraries contained both a Greek section and a Latin section. This tradition was conceived by Julius Caesar, who wanted to increase the intellectual prominence of Rome after visiting Alexandria.

The interior of the library and all its books were destroyed by fire in the devastating earthquake that struck the city in 262 A.D or as multiple other sources report, by fire that same year during a Gothic invasion.

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