The Temple Of Artemis At Ephesus

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The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus: World Wonder The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, also known as the Artemision, was once a remarkable sight that was considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The temple itself was a rather mysterious as not much is known about the rituals that may have taken place there. It is known that the Ephesian held Artemis is the highest honor. It was believed by some that Artemis herself was born at the location of the temple (Iosa, pg. 3). The temple had many motifs dedicated to this believe, it can be considered “the Nativity Temple of Artemis” (“The Earlier Temple of Artemis at Ephesus”, pg. 16). The people of Ephesus also worshiped Artemis over all other gods and goddesses (Iosa, pg. 7).…show more content…
8). Wood applied for a grant from the British Museum to excavate the site after discovering it while helping to build a railroad between Izmir and Denilzi (Jenkins, pg. 51). While excavating the great theatre in May of 1966, Wood found an inscription describing silver figures that were dedicated to the goddess Artemis. The inscription also mentioned a procession that would carry these objects to the temple on the goddess’s birthday. Using this Wood realized that if he found the gates, the Magnesian Gate and the Coressian Gate, described in the passage he could find the location of the Temple of Artemis. He found the Magnesian Gate by the end of 1967 followed later by the Coressian (Jenkins, pg. 52). The temple itself was finally found by the end of 1869. Wood later published an account of the excavation, including what he thought what the temple may have looked like. In 1904, the site was revisited D. G. Hogarth and A. E. Henderson. They researched the temple’s earlier history and determined that the site had three incarnations (Jenkins, pg. 53). The Artemision was built in the early Ionic style of Greek architecture, as can be seen from the columns. The columns were unusual as they had capitals that had large rosettes on them instead of the normal volutes. The modern restorations of the capitals give them petals, but it is debated on the accuracy of this
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