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The Road to Ephesus

by Barbara Stoner

[…]The Artemesian is not in the city. It lies further down the road, on the outskirts of Selcuk. I take a taxi to the museum, where I am to meet Canan. Here, finally, I find my goddess. There is one beautiful room dedicated to the Artemisian and to Artemis herself with two ancient images of her. The Great Artemis. The Beautiful Artemis. This is not Artemis — Diana, the huntress. This is Artemis the goddess of fertility. She is festooned with breasts, symbols of abundance, of fecundity. A small replica of the great Artemisian is in the center of the room, with a tiny replica of one of the images placed where worshippers would have visited her long ago.

Read the original article at: Widdershins Magazine

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