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Ephesus Brothel

Ephesus Brothel

A colonnaded gallery leads of Kouretes Street just past the Temple of Hadrian; in the Byzantine era, this was converted into a stoa. Immediately behind this lay the so-called brothel.
This structure was probably built during the reign of Trajan (98-117 CE). It forms a complex of buildings together with the public latrine and the Scholastikia Baths. It was renovated in the fourth century CE along with the other buildings. An inscription in the latrine States that this building was a brothel. Its main entrance opened onto the marble road, and a side entrance led to Kouretes Street.

The second story has collapsed completely. The ground floor is quite impressive. Frescoes önce decorated the walls; only traces of them are now visible. A room designated as the dining room (triclinium), with a mosaic floor portraying the four seasons, is in the westem part of the building. Next to this is a bathroom with hot and cold water. A basin lined with mosaics also stands in the westem part. Although this area of the building was altered in later times, the mosaic is stili well preserved. The middle of it portrays three drinking women, a standing female servant, a cat, and a mouse eating a crumb, all in color. On the side tovvards Kouretes Street is a fountain that is stili in use today. The statue of Priapus with the huge phallus, vvhich is now on display in the Ephesus Museum, was recovered from this fountain.