Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

The Temple of Artemis or Artemision, also known as the Temple of Diana, was a Greek temple dedicated to an ancient goddess Artemis (equalized to Diana, a Roman goddess). It was located in Ephesus near the ancient city of Ephesus, about 75 kilometres (47 mi) south from the modern port city of İzmir, in Turkey. Today the site lies on the edge of the modern town of Selçuk.

What is remarkable about The Lady of Ephesus no. 718, 1st century AD

  • The traditional interpretation of the oval objects covering the upper part of the Ephesian Artemis is that they represent multiple breasts, symbolizing her fertility. This interpretation makes sense, as both Artemis and Diana are associated with the moon.
  • The goddess is depicted wearing the Babylonian zodiac as a necklace, indicating a cosmological association.
  • On both sides of the statue, there were probably stags or deer.
Efes Müzesi, 2019 10

Here again on the coin you see a stag.

Triti, Phanes, 625-600 BC, Ionia - 301224

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