Ancient ad for a brothel in Ephesus

This brothel advertisement is carved on one of the marble paving stones at the city of Ephesus, the ancient Roman capital of Asia Minor in modern day Turkey. The ad includes a heart, a cross, a woman’s head, a foot and cash. It has been translated as ‘turn left at the cross roads where you can buy a woman’s love’. The brothel is positioned opposite the famous ancient library.

Ephesus was home to the Temple of Artemis, one of the ancient wonders of the world, who was viewed as the goddess of fertility and crops. The temple was known throughout the ancient world for its prostitutes and hedonistic celebrations.