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  • History

    by Holly Hayes
    October 27, 2011

    The Slope Houses were used from the 1st century to 7th century, and then were abandoned. Around this time, after the devastating Arab raids and the continued silting up of the harbor, the remaining inhabitants of Ephesus moved to Ayasuluk hill (near the Basilica of St. John). After being abandoned, the Slope Houses gradually fell into decay. However, a number of them were filled with soil from landslips, which preserved them and their contents. continue reading →

  • Overview

    by Holly Hayes
    October 27, 2011

    The houses at Ephesus are not inferior to those found at Pompeii and Herculaneum in terms of preservation and importance. Their decor and furnishings provide a great deal of information about the lifestyle of the Ephesian upper class in the Roman and Byzantine periods. The Slope Houses are still being excavated and are sometimes covered by a tent, but are usually open to the public. They can be reached by a flight of steep steps from Curetes Street. The ruins have been divided by archaeologists into Slope House 1 (south) and Slope House 2 (north, closer to the Library). continue reading →

  • Slope House 1

    by Holly Hayes
    October 27, 2011

    In Slope House 1, room A1 has a fine black-and-white mosaic. Room A2, the atrium, has a marble floor with the remains of a fountain in the center. The walls of rooms A10 and A11 are decorated with frescoes. The most interesting room in this house, though, is A3, dubbed the "theater room" based on the theatrical subjects of its frescoes. One of the owners of the house may well have overseen theater performances in Ephesus for a living. continue reading →

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Bob Ancell Bob Ancell
May 22, 2014

Yes, I have visited the slope houses several times. More importantly, I visited Ephesus back in the early Sixties when none of this excavation had begun. Back then very little of Ephesus had been unearthed and one could walk down to the end of the pier that once thrust into the ocean. Silt, once again, was the destroyer of a number of civilizations, particularly in Asia Minor.

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October 8, 2013
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