Ancient Toilets & Library Secrets: Welcome to Ephesus

I am not a history buff but that does not mean I can’t appreciate a decent guided tour of historical sites. As I walked around the scorching Ancient City of Ephesus with my sister and brother-in-law, I really tried my best to pay attention to what our Guide was telling us. She did such a wonderful job and I actually remember a few things she told us. Of course, I never remember years and dates and names of important people. What I can tell you is this…

– The ruins of the library where unearthed separately. Archeologists worked out how the pieces went together and rebuilt the library (such an incredible structure).

– Walking around Ephesus, we saw lots of statues of various people. What made this really interesting? Our guide explained to us that the statues of people were built in three parts; the head, the torso and the legs. This is because when they needed to replace one statue with that of another person, they would simple carve a new head and swap the pieces. Saves on money and work! Very clever.

– The site has a full set of perfectly preserved ancient public toilets. There are no separate stalls, just a lovely bunch of lavatories. There they are standing in a row! A musician was hired to play the flute outside the entrance so passers-by would not hear the noises of… bodily functions… happening behind the door.

– Being the era that is was (whatever era it was), these toilets were in fact made of marble. Not a very comfortable thought when you need to do your business during the colder seasons. Whatever is a bursting man to do? Why, they would send in their slaves to warm up the seats. How nice for the slaves…

– The ancient theatre located at Ephesus was still being used for shows… until Sting. You see, the theatre is build so perfectly that any performances held there did not need electronics to boost the volume or sound. You could sing and play at the centre of the theatre and every person, even up to the top row, would be able to hear you properly. But no… Sting has to bring his electronic equipment and play his show loud and proud. The next day, archaeologists went in to inspect this ancient theatre and discovered new cracks in the stone. Now they do not allow shows to be held here except for occasional orchestra.

Library at Ephesus
Ancient toilets
Theater at Ephesus

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