Skip to comments.356 BCE: Herostratus burns the Temple of Artemis
Posted on 07/20/2020 9:19:47 PM PDT by CheshireTheCat
By the ancient worlds tradition, it was on July 21, 356 the night of Alexander the Greats birth* that a theretofore forgettable man set fire to the wooden rafters of the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus.
Situated on the Hellenized coast of Asia Minor, near present-day Selcuk, Turkey, Ephesus was one of the great cities of the Mediterranean. It counted Artemis (Diana) its patron deity, and gloried in a jaw-dropping marble temple, bankrolled two centuries before by the Lydian king Croesus, that would have nearly covered a modern football pitch. Ephesians took their Artemis seriously: 400-plus years later, St. Paul would barely escape lynching at the hands of enraged Artemis devotees when he proselytized there.
What a horror it must have been for 4th century BCE Ephesians to awake this day to the destruction of their citys own sacred pride.
Even more shockingly, the temples destroyer made no effort to conceal himself. He openly boasted of his act, and of the horrifying reason for it: merely to exalt his obscure name with the luster of infamy.
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BCE? Before the Christian Era.
“Because we want some momentous event that would let us not count back from when Jesus came and rose from the dead, but we don’t expect people to actually count with another number.
So, we will fig leaf the biggest moment in history because we’re nice ‘woke’ academics.”
BLACKVS LIVVS MATTERVS.
BCE--Before the Communist Era.
BCE = wouldn’t read it for money.
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