Cats of Ephesos

Sabine Ladstätter, Lois Lammerhuber, Niki Gail
24 x 32 cm, 128 pages, 80 images
German, English, Turkish 
ISBN 978-3-901753-38-1
October 2013

Cats of Ephesos

Ephesos  is one of the most important archaeological digs in the world. For 120 years Austrian archaeologists have been at work on this magical site in western Turkey and continue to bring up spectacular finds. In this place archaeologists have succeeded like nowhere else to make academia and the public aware of the distant past.

In this book, Sabine Ladstätter, who leads the Ephesos dig, and award-winning photographer Lois Lammerhuber present the world of antiquity from a very special angle. Cats are to be found almost anywhere around the ancient city. They live in a very special environment. Sabine Ladstätter explains the nature of this extraordinary relationship and Lois Lammerhuber followed the cats of Ephesos on a magical mystery tour through an antique world of temples, stones, theatres and private houses.


Lois Lammerhuber

is a photographer and publisher. His close collaboration with GEO Magazine started in 1984, continues to this day, and has greatly influenced his approach to photography. His pictures have been published in hundreds of books and magazines and earned him international awards, including three times the Graphis Photo Awards for the world’s best photo report of the year. He joined the Art Directors Club New York in 1994. In 1996 he set up Edition Lammerhuber publishing house. In 2014 he received the Republic of Austria’s Cross of Honour, First Class, for Science and Art, followed in 2017 by the Golden Medal of Honour for Services to the City of Vienna, the Prize for Special Merit for Representative and Media Art by the City of Baden and the Grand Medal of Honour for Services to the Province of Lower Austria. In 2018 he became Director of the Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo.

Niki Gail

is a freelance photographer at the Austrian Archaeological Institute. He works in Ephesos, Egypt and Greece. Niki Gail is an expert in excavation documentation and exhibition photography.

Sabine Ladstätter

was born in Klagenfurt in 1968. She studied archaeology and Altertumskunde in Graz, Vienna and Ljubljana. Since 2009 Ladstätter heads the Austrian Archeological Institute (OeAI) in Vienna and since 2010 she is director of the excavations in Ephesos. In 2012 she was awarded “Austrian Scientist of the Year 2011” by the club of Austrian journalists specializing in education and science.