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Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

January 1st, 2009 by MotU Overseer

     "But when I saw the sacred house of Artemis that towers to the clouds, the (other Wonders) were placed in the shade, for the Sun himself has never looked upon its equal outside Olympus." - Antipater of Sidon

     The temple in question is rumored to be the most beautiful structure ever built by man. It possesses a high ranking in architecture and workmenship. However, it suffered multiple catastrophes in its time. Herostratus burned the temple to the ground in 356 BC. Coincidentially, Alexander the Great was born on the same night that year, July twenty-first. It is due to this fact that the historian Plutarch stated the reason that the temple was able to be destroyed was because Artemis was "too busy taking care of the birth of Alexander to send help to her threatened temple." Later in life, Alexander made and offer to reconstruct the wonderous building, but this was not what happened and the temple was not brought back until thirty-three years following the devastation. Archaeologists would call this "Temple E".