Library of Celsus

Definition

The Library of Celsus in ancient Ephesus, located in western Turkey, was a repository of over 12,000 scrolls and one of the most impressive buildings in the Roman Empire. Constructed in the 2nd century CE, it was named after the city's former Roman governor. Today, only the library's impressive facade remains of this once great building and is a silent witness to the city's stature as a great centre of learning and early Christian scholarship during the Roman period.

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  • 114 CE
    The Library of Celsus at Ephesos commissioned by Tiberius Julius Acquila.
  • 117 CE
    The Library of Celsus at Ephesos completed.
  • 262 CE
    The Library of Celsus at Ephesos destroyed by fire during invasion by the Goths.
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