Library of Celsus (detail)

Library of Celsus (detail)

View looking west at the reconstructed façade of the Library of Celsus.

Note the four pairs of columns on the lower level. Between each pair is a statue (three of the four are visible) each representing a virtue that is spelled out in Greek: namely wisdom, excellence, insight, and understanding.

Gaius Julius Aquila built this library (A.D. 110-135) to honor his father who had been the governor of the Roman Province of Asia (A.D. 105-107). It also served as a tomb for his father.

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