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3 Vedius Gymnasium in Ephesus, Turkey

Near the east end of Harbor Street are the ruins of Vedius Gymnasium (also called Theater Gymnasium). This prestigious high school and training center was built in the mid-2nd century with an elaborate courtyard, marble columns, mosaics, statues and a major bath complex. The facility was dedicated to the goddess Artemis. The namesake and benefactor was Publius Vedius Antoninus. In 145 AD, he was recognized by Roman emperor Antoninus Pius (reign 138 – 161) for his considerable philanthropy to the city’s infrastructure. After Vedius Gymnasium closed in the mid-5th century, it was looted and finally destroyed by fire in the early 6th century.

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Efes Harabeleri, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey

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