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Near Selçuk in Selçuk (district), Izmir Province, Turkey
 

The So-Called House of Pleasure

Aşk Evi Olarka Adlanırılan Yapı

 

—Sogenanntes Freudenhaus —

 
The So-Called House of Pleasure Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 2, 2015
1. The So-Called House of Pleasure Marker
Captions (English / Turkish): 1. House 2, excavation in 1957 and status in 2004 / Ev 2, 1957'deki kazi ve 2004 yilindaki durum; 2. The banquet mosaic at the eastern corridor of the peristyle of House 2 / Ev 2'deki peristilin doǧu koridorundaki ziyafet mozaiǧi.
Inscription. English:
In this area three private houses have been identified: in the middle stood House 2, a two-storey peristyle house which was mistakenly interpreted as a house of pleasure for a long time. Used from the 15' century B.C. into the 3” century A.D., its centre, as at House 1, was an open courtyard surrounded with columns around which rooms were grouped; shops (tabernae) opened onto the street. The exterior appearance of the southern part (House 3) was characterized by the Curetes Hall which was built into it in the 6"' century A.D.

Turkish:
Bu bölge için üç adet özel konut tespit edilmiştir: Orta kısımda, uzun zaman aşk evi olarak yanlış yorumlanmış iki katlı peristilli bir ev olan, Ev 2 bulunmaktadır.
İ.Ö. 1. yüzyıldan I.S. 3. yüzyıl içlerine kadar kullanılmış olan bu evin merkezi, tıpkı Ev 1'de olduǧu gibi, etrafı sütunlarla çevrili açık bir avlu etrafında gruplanan odalardan oluşmakta, dükkanlar (tabernae) caddeye açılmaktaydı. Güney kısmın görünüşü (Ev 3) I.S. 6. yüzyılda inşa edilen Kuretler Holü'nü de etkilemiştir.

German: To read the German text, click on the marker image to enlarge it.
The So-Called House of Pleasure Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 2, 2015
2. The So-Called House of Pleasure Marker

 
Erected by Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlıǧı and Osterreichisches Archaologisches Institut.
 
Location. 37° 56.344′ N, 27° 20.49′ E. Marker is near Selçuk, Izmir Province, in Selçuk (district). Marker can be reached from Efes Yolu just from Dr. Sabri Yayla Boulevard (Izmir Province Route D515). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Selçuk, Izmir Province 35920, Turkey.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hadrian's Gate (within shouting distance of this marker); The Heroon of Androclos (within shouting distance of this marker); The Latrine (within shouting distance of this marker); The South Gate of the Agora (within shouting distance of this marker); Terrace House 2 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hellenistic Fountain and the Hexagon (within shouting distance of this marker); Tetragonos Agora - The Commercial Market (within shouting distance of this marker); The Temple of Hadrian (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Selçuk.
 
More about this marker. This marker is on the grounds of the ruins of the Roman city of Ephesus (Efes).
 
Regarding The So-Called House of Pleasure. "The most
The So-Called House of Pleasure image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 2, 2015
3. The So-Called House of Pleasure
important factors in identifying this place as a brothel were some figures found here and an inscription in the latrines indicating this place. In addition to the exotic figurinesa, baked clay statue of the God Bes with a huge phallus found in the cistern of a house here.".
-- Huseyin Çimrin, Ephesus
 
Additional keywords. prostitution
 
Categories. EntertainmentIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
The So-Called House of Pleasure image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 2, 2015
4. The So-Called House of Pleasure
Ancient advertising image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 2, 2015
5. Ancient advertising
Ancient advertising image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 2, 2015
6. Ancient advertising
According to our guide this piece of ancient advertising reads (counter clockwise from the top left) as follow: Lonely hearted (half empty heart on top left)? On the left side of the road (left foot) across from the library (scroll at bottom right, inscribe on the scroll is the Greek phrase "Follow me"), there are beautiful women (above scroll). Bring money (hole at 12 o'clock).
Status of the god Priapus image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 2, 2015
7. Status of the god Priapus
in the Ephesus Museum.
Figurine of the god Bes image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 2, 2015
8. Figurine of the god Bes
in the Ephesus Museum.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 23, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 14, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 331 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on June 14, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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