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Street to Temple of Domitian
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View looking south of the street that led to the northwest corner of the Temple of Domitian.


This Temple was built by the Roman Emperor Domitian (r. 81–96) in A.D. 89–90.   It is also called the "Temple of the Sebastoi."  After his assassination, and the condemnation of his memory (damnatio memoriae), the Temple was rededicated to his father, Vespasian, and brother, Titus—these are the "Revered Ones," the Sebastoi in Greek.

The huge platform on which it was built measured 165 x 328 ft. (1.24 acres) and the temple on top of it 78 x 112 ft.  The Temple contained a 16 ft. statue of the Emperor.  The statue, originally thought to be Domitian, now is thought to be that of Titus (r. A.D. 79–81).  The head and arm are on display in the Ephesus Museum.

The temple was almost completely destroyed during the Christian Era.