So I searched, and finally found ruins of 2nd century lecture halls from Alexandria, which seemed a good enough basis for an illustration of a 1st century lecture hall in Ephesus.
|By isawnyu [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons|
After a bit of trial and error, I managed to trace a photo (another one) with nice clear computer lines. And worked out the layout of people. Something I read said the block was a podium for the speaker, so I put Paul there.
And then I inked it (twice, because the first one wasn't good) and coloured it...
|Not quite finished.|
So I decided to make a Sketchup model. Which did take a wee bit of time, because I'm not over-familiar with how to do anything that's not really basic. Those steps confused me! But anyway, I got it done, and slotted in a few wee figures to get a rough idea while I played about with viewpoints.
Still wasn't quite happy with the steps, so Googled to see if I could get some better pictures. Which I did. I also, however, found a detailed article which described the step thing at the end as the seat for the teacher. This makes a lot of sense. Back to the drawing board again...
It's not even that important a picture. I could have just shown a talking head or something, but I wanted to add a bit of interest.
Now I'll go and amuse myself with some nice futuristic science fiction before I go to sleep :-)
[Edit: Here's what I ended up with.]
*Which is, being interpreted, I'm obsessed by it. But they say there's a fine between love and hate.