WP 07: Philosopher’s Room (24)

Costs     € 30,000
Duration    2,5 months
Code    WP07
Location    Unit 5

On the eastern wall of the peristyle courtyard two red-framed fields of the first layer of plaster are representing the philosopher Sokrates und Cheilon, a member of the Seven Sages, in their emblems. A lisene (vertical, rectangular ornament field) is inserted between the fields. The second layer displays a system of dark-red fields with black bordering frames, the socle zone was decorated with a white crenellated meander against a black background.

The third layer with the marble incrustation is preserved in the socle zone of the northern and western wall, but parts of 1,52m marble slabs were also found in situ (in position) in the main zone.

Terrace House 2 contains seven luxurious apartments (peristyle houses) on three artificial terraces in the centre of the ancient city of Ephesos. Reflecting the upper class status of their inhabitants the houses were richly furnished. In addition to marble decoration and mosaic floors almost all rooms of Terrace House 2 were decorated with wall paintings.

Due to several damages in antiquity and environmental conditions (like changes in temperature and humidity or the deposition of dust) after the excavation in the last 30 years, the wall paintings are in a bad condition and need careful restoration. All together there are about 60 rooms waiting for a treatment by specialists. Depending on the dimensions of the room and the quality and quantity of the preserved decoration between 1200 and 2700 working hours are required per room. The Restoration Project of the Ephesus Foundation aims at preserving and conserving this unique heritage within the next years, realised by a restoration team from Italy and Turkey.

Visitors of Terrace House 2 can observe conservation work in progress.