Richard Nowitz

Dominating this view of Ephesus, the 25,000-seat theater was built in Hellenistic times and then remodeled and enlarged during the reigns of the Roman emperors Claudius (41‒54 A.D.), Nero (54‒68 A.D.) and Trajan (117‒138 A.D.). The Austrian excavations of the theater (1897‒1900) uncovered fragments of Amazon and satyr statues, friezes carved with tragic masks, numerous inscriptions and a special seat—or “throne of honor”—for distinguished guests.