Artist's depiction of the Temple of Artemis with priests and priestesses in attendance, Ephesus, Turkey

Temple of Artemis

The Mother Goddess Artemis was extremely popular in the ancient world, and was recognised in many Greek cities as a secondary deity.  However, for the Ephesians, she was a prominent deity, and so they built a Temple of Artemis in her honour.  Its size and beauty were such that it...
Celsus Library


Founded in the tenth century BC, the former capital of Asia Minor, Ephesus is the most visited ruins site in Turkey today.  In the Hellenistic and Roman periods, it was the largest city and the most important commercial centre and port in Asia Minor.  Today it is inland from the...