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The front facade at the Library of Celsus in Efes has been partially restored
by Austrians. It was built in A.D. 135 by Julius Aquila in memory of his father,
Celsus Polemaeanus of Sardis, Roman senator and proconsul of the province
of Asia. This library competed for status with the world-famous one in Alexandria,
though it had a mere 200,000 volumes, compared with Alexandria's 700,000.