The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

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There have been many Ancient Greek temples that have been discovered. Most of these sanctuaries are magnificent stone or marble structures. Structures that leave people in awe and make them want to be transported back to when this building was built. One of these many temples is the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus. There were many reasons as to why this amazing building was built, why it is famous, and why it affected so many people in Ancient times. The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus had many reasons to be built. One of them is that the Ephesians wanted to worship Artemis. To the Ephesians, who had a different religion than the Greeks who later took over Artemis was the mother god. She represented fertility and childbirth (Morris and Cox 75). As for the Greeks, Artemis was the goddess of hunt, moon, and maidenhood (Morris and Cox 75). When the temple was first built it was for the Ephesians who wanted to pray for good childbirth and motherhood. Another reason for the construction of this edifice was how when the Greek king Croesus took over Ephesus and he wanted to give back. Croesus hired the famous Greek architect Chersiphron to enlarge it and make it grander (Scarre 30). After a few years a man named Herostratus burned it down to have his name written down in history forever (Scarre 30). This event occurred the same day Alexander the Great was born (Scarre 30). Because of this coincidence Alexander also had the architectural structure rebuilt after he conquered that area of land. As it is shown there are many motive as to why the Temple of Artemis was built. This shows that the building was so important that many impressive people cared enough about it to rebuild it after the temple fell. There are also many rationale for why the... ... middle of paper ... ...y people in ancient times. The Temple of Artemis was a very important building for the ancient people to worship their goddess. Many people are atheist in the present time, so not as many people come to socialize and worship together any more. Yet, the Temple of Artemis stands as a reminder of a time where people were all rooted deeply in their faith that they would build and do anything for their gods and goddesses. Works Cited Fritze, Ronald. "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World." World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 19 Mar. 2014. Morris, Neil and Cox, Reg. The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. London. Belitha Press Limited. 1995. Scarre, Chris. The Seventy Wonders of the Ancient World. London. Thames and Hudson. 1999. Woods, Michael and Woods, Mary B. Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Minneapolis. Twenty First Century Book. 2009.

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