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Ephesus, Bouleuterion

Ephesus (modern Selçuk): ancient Greek town in western Turkey, one of the largest and best excavated cities of the ancient world.

Bouleuterion

The bouleuterion (council chamber, townhall) was the place where some 1400 people could attend the meetings of Ephesus' city council. Presented to the city in c.150 CE by a man named Publius Vedius Antoninus, it also served as odeum, where people could attend musical performances.

Inscriptions from the Bouleuterion

Two inscriptions from the Bouleuterion can now be seen in the British Museum, London. The first one is a copy of a letter written by the emperor Hadrian (r.117-138), in which he recommends a boat owner named Lucius Erastus, who had transported the emperor and governors, for honorary citizenship. In the second one, the emperor Antoninus Pius (r.138-161) resolves a border dispute between Ephesus and Smyrna.