Student Stories on the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus - The Temple of Artemis by Bridget Rands and Andrew DePalma


550 B.C.

Current Day 

The Temple of Artemis (known to the Romans as Diana) was made to honor or represent the Greek goddess of the hunt, archery, the forests, and hills and the moon. The temple was made by two architects Chersiphron of Knossos and his son Metagenes. The Temple of Artemis was created in 550 BC a little bit before Cyrus II the great overthrown Astyages of Medes, establishing the Persian Empire.

The temple of Artemis was built with the help of the Amazonians. The temple was constructed in Ephesus which is today’s Turkey. In the 4th century BC, one beautiful version of the temple was destroyed by an arsonist. A man named Herostratus burned down the temple for no personal reason; just for fame!

Fun Facts 

  • Artemis was the daughter of Zeus and Leto and twin sister of Apollo
  • The Temple of Artemis is also known as the Temple of Diana
  • The second temple was thought to be over three times bigger than the first one
  • The site where the temple once stood is now a swamp.
  • Each time the temple was rebuilt, it was rebuilt on the same site
  • The second temple was around four times larger in area than the previous one.
  • The temple was used at different times as a house of worship and as a marketplace

The rebuilt temple of Artemis was a wonder from the 4th century B.C. and was one of the most memorable besides the great pyramids of Giza.

The Temple of Artemis is an interesting topic for all ages. It can introduce Greek mythology at a young age.You can find more facts about the temple of Artemis at Awesome stories.com and in your library.Thanks for reading.

Original Release: May 23, 2017

Updated Last Revision: Jun 15, 2017

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2) Allthegoodthings707, Ephesus Temple of Artemis IV reconstruction front, University of California, San Diego, Jun/22/2017, Jun/28/2017, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ephesus_Temple_of_Artemis_IV_reconstruction_front.jpg
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