8. Ancient Ephesus
The city of Ephesus was an ancient Greek city, and one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League. During the Roman period, it was the second largest city of the Roman Empire; ranking behind Rome. It was a strategically located port and an important commercial and cultural center. Today, Ephesus is unmatched in terms of sheer magnitude, and the best preserved classical city of the Eastern Mediterranean, enabling the visitor to actually envision how people lived in ancient times. The archeological site includes the great amphitheater, an Odeon, private villas, the remains of a beautiful library, and even a public latrine. Christine’s well illustrated talk brings this most remarkable ancient city alive.