Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Ephesus was an important city in the Lydian Kingdom. Then during the Roman Era, the city bore the title of "the first and greatest metropolis of Asia." It was distinguished for the Temple of Artemis (Diana), which is now completeléy destroyed, for its library which is still standing, and for its theatre, which would have been capable of holding 25,000 spectators. The population of Ephesus has been estimated to be in the range of 400,000 to 500,000 inhabitants in the year 100 CE, making it the largest city in Roman Asia and one of the largest cities of the day.