In 62AD Ephesus would have been more than double the size of Exeter. The major port city was one of the biggest cities in the world. Business was good in the city thanks to its strategic positioning and Roman protection.
Gladiators, sport, drama, a library and varying spiritual experiences were on offer in the city. Ephesus had a theatre which could hold around 25,000 people (five times the Albert Hall) and a stadium which was probably built under the Roman Emperor Nero. Today you can still visit the ruins of the Celsus Library, fountains, monuments, baths, the museum and much more.
The Ephesians’ temple of Artemis was one of the Seven Wonders of the World and was famous across the empire. Ephesus also had temples to Roman gods, was influenced by Egyptian, Asian and Persian religions and was well known for its spirituality and interest in magic. There was also a Jewish presence in the city.