Unfortunately little remains of the vast, rich marble temple: only a few bits of marble column favored by the storks who arrive in the nearby town of Selçuk each spring.
Imagine a vast marble temple with lissome sacred maidens doing ancient belly dances….
When St Paul gave his famous sermon in the Great Theater at Ephesus, he was accused by the city’s silversmiths of being disrespectful to Artemis.
Actually, they were upset because St Paul’s efforts to win converts to Christianity were making it more difficult to sell silver statuettes of Artemis to visiting pilgrims. Paul ruined their business, so they eventually succeeded in driving him out of Ephesus.
—by Tom Brosnahan
|Ephesus Archeological Site|