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The Fountain of Trajan on the north side of Kuretes Street, Ephesus at My Favourite Planet

The Fountain of Trajan on the north side of Kuretes Street.
Fountain of Trajan

The Fountain of Trajan (or Trajan Fountain), also known as the Nymphaeum Traiani (Nymphaeum of Trajan), was built 102-114 AD and financed by the wealthy Ephesian couple Tiberius Claudius Aristion and Iulia Lydia Laterane (see Selçuk gallery 2, page 4) who dedicated the monument to Artemis of Ephesus and Emperor Trajan. Aristion was also responsible for the completion of the Library of Celsus, and like the library the nymphaeum had a two-storey aedicular facade decorated with statues.

A colossal statue of Emperor Trajan (reigned 98-117 AD) standing on a globe stood in the central niche of the facade, above the fountain's water outlet which fed a pool measuring 20 x 10 metres. The other statues included depictions of Dionysus of the Tiber-Apollo type (Inv. No. 769), a Satyr, Aphrodite and members of the emperor's family, which are now in the Ephesus Museum in Selcuk.

The nymphaeum was reconstructed during the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Theodosius I. It was excavated in 1958. The facade was around 9.5 metres tall, while the present reconstruction of the facade, made from surviving parts, is considerably smaller. Other parts monument and some inscriptions are displayed in the main pool, which is below the present level of the street, and next to the monument.
Detail of the reconstructed facade of the Fountain of Trajan, Ephesus at My Favourite Planet

Detail of the reconstructed facade of the Fountain of Trajan.
Composite column capitals from the Fountain of Trajan, Ephesus at My Favourite Planet

Composite column capitals, a mix of Ionic and
Corinthian styles, from the Fountain of Trajan.
 
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Selcuk photo gallery 1 - town of Selcuk, Turkey

Selçuk gallery 1
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Selcuk photo gallery 2 - Ephesus Archaeological Museum, Turkey

Selçuk gallery 2
Ephesus Museum
 
Selcuk photo gallery 3 - Serbian folk dancers in Selcuk, Turkey

Selçuk gallery 3
Serbian dancers
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Part of a dedicatory inscription displayed next to the Fountain of Trajan, Ephesus at My Favourite Planet

Part of a dedicatory inscription in Greek, displayed next to the Fountain of Trajan,
mentioning Ephesus as Neokoros (see note on gallery page 21).

See another inscription below.
The Nymphaeum Traiani, Ephesus at My Favourite Planet

The Nymphaeum Traiani.
 
 
 
 
A Greek inscription mentioning Emperor Trajan, next to the Fountain of Trajan, Ephesus at My Favourite Planet

Part of a dedicatory inscription in Greek mentioning Emperor Trajan and
Tiberius Claudius Aristion, displayed next to the Fountain of Trajan.
Some Byzantine capitals, one decorated with a Christian crucifix,
have been set on top of the inscription.
Photos and articles and map: © David John

Additional photos: © Konstanze Gundudis

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Some of the information and photos in this guide to Ephesus
originally appeared in 2004 on davidjohnberlin.de.
 
 
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