Exploring Ancient Ephesus
Ruled over the centuries by Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires, there is much to see of the city's former splendor.
Over the centuries, a succession of empires—Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and, finally, Ottoman—ruled over the city of Ephesus. Yet no matter how many times it changed hands, the city remained one of the most vibrant metropolises of the ancient world. Located on Turkey's western coast, nearly 300, 000 people lived there at its height, in the second century A. D. Its busy seaport ferried goods from Asia to Greece, Italy and beyond.