St. Paul visited Ephesus on several occasions, and he spent some time working and ministering there. At the end of one of his stays, some silversmiths who made money by selling little statuettes of Artemis of the Ephesians (who's a little different from Artemis of the rest of the Greco-Roman world) instigated a riot against him that ended up in the theater.
There are tons of pictures, so there will be several posts. Here are the first set of pictures.
|This is at the upper entrance of the city. Ephesus is built in between two hills, and you can see one of them in this shot.|
The next group of pictures are from the State Agora. An agora in a Greek city was generally an open area where people could gather and where people could usually find some kind of marketplace. This one, however, was used for citizens to gather and discuss the issues of the city, so it didn't have a marketplace.
|This is the road leading alongside the State Agora. As per our guide, the columns would have had a roof over them.|
The next pictures are from the Bouleterion. It looks like a theater, but it was really where the city's government would hold council.
|Looking back towards the State Agora|
|Here's the inside|
|Incidentally, our guide told us that the entrance we came in was not the entrance all the statesmen would have used. They would have used that tunnel in the upper left.|
|This is from an outlook overlooking the rest of the city.|
|That terrace, which is the grassy part over the top of those arches, is from Domitian's Temple. Domitian was very unpopular, and after he was murdered, his temple became another temple for his father.|
|Domitian's Temple from another angle.|
|Look at the detail on this!|
|Domitian's Temple again|
|As per our guide, this was the Greek goddess Nike, the goddess of victory. The wreath she's holding in her hand is what would be given to the victor.|
|See the detail in the carving here.|
That's it for now - more to come in a little bit!