Artemis of Ephesus
Artemis statue from the Amphitheater of Lepcis Magna, now in the Archaeological Museum of Tripoli. Anatolian-Greek mythological image from an ancient mother nature. Contrasting it with the current vision on nature, it may invite thoughts like Hegel's description of "the True” as “the Bacchanalian revel in which no member is not drunk". Not to say that we are sober today. Are we missing something like a caring Artemis in our competitive vision on nature?
Traveling to Greek Temple of Artemis Ephesus
The temple of Artemis also known as the Temple of Diana, was the largest in a series of temples to Artemis on this site.Today ,nothing remains of the original temple only the ruins are found.
Relief depicting a gladiatorial combat, 3rd century AD, from Ephesus (Turkey), Neues Museum, Berlin
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The decline of Ephesus [Photo tour]
After the destruction caused by the Goths in 263 CE the city lay in ruin for over a hundred years. Not until the reign of emperor Constantine I in 395.....
Images of the Divine Feminine
Stone Age Mother Goddess Holding Crescent Moon (top) Venus of Willendorf (below) Earliest known images of the divine are of the Mother, not as the anorexic Barbie, but as the buxom birther of All. Originally, male scholars thought these ancient images were meant as a sort of primitive pornography, or perhaps a joke. More recently, feminine scholars, such as the great archeologist, Marie Gimbutus ('Language of the Goddess') discovered that these images were used in sacred sites and can be…
The depiction of the "First Landing" coin of Ephesus above illustrates the Ephesians pride in having the honor of first welcoming Procunsuls to Asia. The coin illustrated below celebrates the concord between Ephesus and Alexandria. It illustrates how important Ephesus was in the Empire. It also show the importance to the Ephesians of hosting the chief temple of Artemis. This is also found in the Acts 19 account of a riot started by Demitrius the silversmith on account of Paul's success in…