The Library of Celsus

Built in honor of the Roman Senator Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus in Ephesus, Anatolia (now Selçuk, Turkey), the library was built to store 12,000 scrolls and to serve as a monumental tomb for Celsus. Celsus is buried in a sarcophagus beneath the library, in the main entrance.

Construction was between 117-120 AD, and the building is important as one of the few remaining examples of an ancient Roman-influenced library. It also shows that public libraries were built not only in Rome itself but throughout the Roman Empire.

The interior of the library and all its books were destroyed by fire in the devastating earthquake that struck the city in 262. Only the facade survived. 

  1. hiswifeslut reblogged this from jollyrogers777
  2. kefalonitt reblogged this from melstruelove
  3. melstruelove reblogged this from jollyrogers777
  4. jollyrogers777 reblogged this from manticoreimaginary
  5. persephones-journey reblogged this from historylovinggeek
  6. historylovinggeek reblogged this from historyofjasmine
  7. theworldisconfused reblogged this from creatory
  8. creatory reblogged this from northernbriton and added:
    Yay.
  9. stripery reblogged this from wackybihistorian
  10. wackybihistorian reblogged this from northernbriton
  11. queenofthegeese reblogged this from historyofjasmine
  12. northernbriton reblogged this from historyofjasmine and added:
    I’ve been here! It was amazing. Going back with creatory next year, hopefully.
  13. historyofjasmine reblogged this from manticoreimaginary
  14. bananaslugbud reblogged this from isituke
  15. goddevilmakelove reblogged this from isituke
  16. castmyshadow reblogged this from isituke
  17. isituke reblogged this from castmyshadow
  18. filledupwithsmoke reblogged this from manticoreimaginary
  19. treasurerestorer reblogged this from manticoreimaginary
  20. wizardofthefallingstars reblogged this from manticoreimaginary
  21. la-lune-et-juin reblogged this from manticoreimaginary
  22. berroeta reblogged this from manticoreimaginary
  23. letsremainanon reblogged this from buttinspectorkirby
  24. perambvlo reblogged this from caffeinated-butterfly
  25. sprinklesstardust reblogged this from valkyries-bane
  26. valkyries-bane reblogged this from arayian
  27. joshmanzors reblogged this from bitchinblackframedglasses
  28. bitchinblackframedglasses reblogged this from buttinspectorkirby
  29. creemendous reblogged this from vincecarters
  30. ronalderp reblogged this from thisisheffner