chapter  7
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Places Of Entertainment

Places of entertainment were of a very varied character, which gave architects every opportunity to demonstrate their artistic skills.

T H E L I B R A R Y OF C E L S U S A T E P H E S U S

Libraries were fully developed in imperial Rome, although no trace of them is now extant in the city. A good deal has survived, however, of the secondcentury library of Celsus at Ephesus (Sel£uk) in Ionia (Figure 13).1 Finished in AD 120-3 5, it had been dedicated by his son to the rich local citizen Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus, who had been consul at Rome (in AD 92) and was, unusually, buried within the city limits of Ephesus, in fact in a vaulted room below the library. Later heirs had completed the building.