Ephesus was a city in ancient Turkey, and it was the location of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, a colossal temple to the goddess Diana, also called Artemis.
Having a temple to one of the gods in your town was like being near Yosemite or the Eiffel Tower. People flock to such sites fora variety of reasons – religious and secular.
Around the Diana/Artemis’ temple various sorts of tourist vendors cropped up peddling likenesses of the many-breasted Diana. “Get your genuine statue of Artemis. You’ll love having this silver ornament on your mantel for all your guests to see. Pray to her when you’re about to give birth or go on a hunting trip. The goddess of women and hunting will help you.” Continue reading →