Gate of Mazeus and Mithridates in Ephesus, Turkey - Encircle Photos

8 Gate of Mazeus and Mithridates in Ephesus, Turkey

The three-arched Gate of Mazeus and Mithridates at the terminus of Marble Street is magnificent. Notice the intricate carved friezes above the architrave. Near the top are Latin inscriptions. They are a dedication to Caesar Augustus. He was the first Roman emperor from 27 BC to 14 AD and a major benefactor to the city. The words call him the son of god and the greatest of the priests. The gate is named after the architects, Mazeus and Mithridates. They were slaves until freed by the emperor and sent to Ephesus to manage Roman properties. In appreciation for their emancipation and resulting wealth, the pair built this tribute to their former master in 40 AD.

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Efes Harabeleri, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey

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