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City of the Great Diana, John the Evangelist, and Isa Bey

A Video Lecture by Dr. William J. Neidinger

Artemis of Ephesus - Neidinger Lecture

Ephesus had been a great pilgrimage spot even in remote antiquity.  It housed the classical world’s largest temple – the shrine of Kybele-Artemis, whom the Romans knew as the Great Diana.  When the Roman Empire went Christian, the fifth largest basilica of the ancient world was built there, the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist.  Even after Ephesus fell into ruin and the city became little more than a provincial backwater in the Islamic world, a revolutionary Mosque of Isa Bey was built there.  In this lecture we will examine the Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Turkish ruins of Golden Ephesus and the history and legends associated with them.

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