Heraclitus of Ephesus
Ancient World Philosopher (6 BC Century)
‘’Stupendous’’, ‘’amazing’’ and ‘’awesome’’ are just a few of the superlatives used by visitors to Ephesus to describe their experience.
Ephesus and its citizens played an important part in early Christian history and is mentioned in no fewer than six books of the New Testament. Saint Paul spent more time of his ministry here than in any other city and Saint John the Evangelist, author of one of the Gospels, is said to have received the divine vision and inspiration for the Book of the Apocalypse just a few miles from here, on the small island of Patmos, to which he had been temporarily exiled by the Roman authorities. Saint John’s Basilica, containing his tomb, is just three miles from Ephesus, in the small town of Selçuk. Legend has it that the Mother of Christ, the Virgin Mary, also spent her last years in Ephesus. Her house, which is four miles from the main city site, has been visited by several Popes, the most recent being Pope Paul VI in 1967, Pope John Paul II in 1979 and Pope Benedict XVI in 2006.
Ephesus, with over 200,000 inhabitants, was one of the largest and most important cities of the Roman Empire and the seat of the Governor (or Proconsul) of the Province of Asia. There is evidence, however, that the site was inhabited by humans long before Greek or Roman times – as far back as 5,000 BC
Modern excavations began in 1863 by the British railroad engineer John Turtle Wood and continue to this day. The latest wonders are to be seen in the Terrace Houses which show, in remarkable detail, aspects of the daily lives of the inhabitants of more than 2,000 years ago and which contain what must be one of the world’s largest completed jig-saw puzzles, a painstakingly re-assembled marble wall covering.
The temple of Artemis, now outside the main site but an integral part of the ancient city, was included in the list of The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Antipater of Sidon (2nd century BC) who said, ‘’Lo, apart from Olympus, the Sun never looked on anything so grand.’’
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