Curetes Street, Ephesus
Curetes Street (known as the Embolos in Late Antiquity) is the diagonal street in Ephesus that runs from the State Agora, past the Slope Houses, to the Library of Celsus. Once lined with shops, workshops and inns, Curetes Street was both a main city street and an important processional route in the cult of Artemis.
Curetes Street originates in Hellenistic times, yet dramatically departs from the Hippodamian city grid plan that was popular at the time. Instead of running perpendicular to other streets, it cuts diagonally across the grid system.
This unusual angle is due partly to the topographic limitations of the area (i.e. Mount Pion), but it also follows the archaic Processional Way, an important sacred route leading to the Temple of Artemis.
In Byzantine times, the road was known as the Embolos, meaning "beak" or "wedge." Archaeologists named it Curetes Street for an inscription that was found here naming the Curetes, or priests of Artemis.
After an earthquake in the 4th century, many of the columns lining the street were replaced with those from other buildings in the city.
What to See
In ancient times, Curetes Street would have been partially lined with shops, trade offices, inns and artisans' workshops. Remains of such structures are preserved on the south (left) side of the Octagon (or Heroon of Arsinoe IV) at the top of Curetes Street.
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|Coordinates:||37.938063° N, 27.342031° E (view on Google Maps)|
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- Hilke Thür, "The Processional Way in Ephesos as a Place of Cult and Burial." Helmut Koester, ed., Ephesos: Metropolis of Asia (Harvard University Press, 1995), 158-59.
- Clive Foss, Ephesus After Antiquity (1979), 65-69.
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