Ephesus, Turkey: the Library of Celsus,
built 114 AD/CE, was named in honor of a Roman
governor of Asia Minor (Anatolia). The nearby goddess sanctuary helped Ephesus become a prosperous port and cultural center by 600 BCE. At various times, Ephesus was controlled by Lydia (King Croesus), Persians, Hellenists (Ancient Greeks from Athens), Alexander the Great (334 BCE), and eventually it became capital (population 250,000) of the Roman Province of Asia Minor. Published in the travel handbook "Moon Istanbul & the Turkish Coast" by Jessica Tamtürk, Avalon Travel Publishing, 2010. Published in "Light Travel: Photography on the Go" book by Tom Dempsey 2009, 2010.