Student Stories on the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus - One of the Seven Wonders - Temple of Artemis at Ephesus by Kimberly Martinez

                                                    One of the Seven Wonders



One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is the Temple of Artemis. The Temple of Artemis, is a temple that was built for the Greek goddess Artemis. The temple was built in Ephesus near today's town of Selçuk in the country we call Turkey.

Some historians believe that the initial temple, at this site, was built in the Bronze age.

One version of the Temple of Artemis was destroyed by a huge fire that Herostratus had set off, because he wanted to be known as someone in history. Some historians also believe that the Amazons built the temple.

The Temple had to be rebuilt three times because of a fire, a flood, and a mob that wanted to destroy it. The second time they built the temple was in 550 BC. It took almost 10 years for people to build the second temple. Historians think that the first temple was destroyed by a war or by a flood.

The Temple of Artemis was not only called “The Temple of Artemis,” it was also called the “Temple of Diana." That's because the Roman version of the godess Artemis was the goddess Diana.

Later, when Herostratus burnt the temple to make himself famous, Alexander the Great was born. Alexander told people that he would pay money to rebuild the temple if he had his name in it. The people didn’t want Alexander’s name in it or on it. The temple was rebuilt when Alexander had died.

Later, in  286 A.D, the Goths also destroyed the temple. This was the third time the Temple of Artemis had been destroyed.

After the Goths destroyed the Temple of Artemis, the people in Ephesus never rebuilt it. One of the reasons they didn’t rebuild it was because it would cost too much money.

Antipater of Sidon, who made a list of The Seven Wonders of the World, found the Temple of Artemis to be more marvelous than the other six wonders on his list. He reportedly said:

I have gazed on the walls of impregnable Babylon along which chariots may race, and on the Zeus by the banks of the Alpheus, I have seen the hanging gardens, and the Colossus of the Helios, the great man-made mountains of the lofty pyramids, and the gigantic tomb of Mausolus; but when I saw the sacred house of Artemis that towers to the clouds, the others were placed in the shade, for the sun himself has never looked upon its equal outside Olympus.

The second time people built the temple they added marble to it, making it truly magnificent.

Original Release: May 23, 2017

Updated Last Revision: Jun 11, 2017

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