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Ephesus The vedius gymnasium

Ephesus The vedius gymnasium

This is a large complex of buildings north of the stadium; an inscription telis us that P. Vedius Antonius and his wife, Flavia Papiana, members of the most famous family in Ephesus, the Vedii: constructed this gymnasium. They dedicated it to Artemis, and to the emperor Antoninus Pius, who, according to historical sources, was a close friend of the family.

The floorplan is symmetrical.

The eastem part is preserved to a somewhat greater extent than the westem part. The imperial cult room is in the middle, on the east side of the palaestra. The propylon is a structure measuring 3.5 meters in width, built in front of the south wall of the palaestra. The outer side of the entrance is vaulted and divided into three passageways. The toilets and the western part of the propylon are stili in a good State of preservation.
About half of the structure has been excavated. The statues that were found are in the archaeological museum in Izmir.