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The Curates Street

The Curates Street

 

In mythology the curates were demi-gods, a name which was used for a priestly class in Ephesus. They formed the largest cultic union in the city. The street that took its name from the curates leads down to the Celsus Library. Because it is the central street in the city there are many monumental edifices that face onto the street. There were mosaics and galleries of columns on either side of the street. These galleries led into shops and homes. Some of the column pedestals bore inscriptions reminding citizens of those who had helped the city. For example there was a statue next to the Gate of Heracles to the doctor Alexandros. The statue of Consul Stephanos on display in the Ephesus Museum was found on this street. The street was paved with marble and had a well-developed sewer system underneath.

 

Curates' Avenue  Curates' Avenue  Curates' Avenue  Doctor Aleksandros  The other side of the stone  One statue on the Curates' Avenue