Ephesus (Ancient Greek: Ἔφεσος Efesos; Turkish: Efes; may ultimately derive from Hittite Apasa) was an ancient Greek city on the coast of Ionia, three kilometres southwest of present-day Selçuk in İzmir Province, Turkey. The city flourished after it came under the control of the Roman Republic in 129 BC. Ephesus was part of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires before being abandoned in the 15th century. The ruins of Ephesus are a popular tourist attraction.

Ephesus in Agent of Byzantium[]

Ephesos was convulsed by a riot in 1317, when iconoclasts clashed with loyalists. Half the town was burnt.[1]


  1. Agent of Byzantium, 2018 edition, p. 206.