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The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
Written by Lin Donn Illustrated by Phillip
The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
The Temple of Artemis was first built around 800
BCE in the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, on the
coast of what is now modern day Turkey.
The temple was destroyed and rebuilt several
times. Each time, it was rebuilt more
impressively than the temple before it.
The first temple was destroyed around 550 BCE in
a war. Years later, the temple was burnt down by
a man who wanted to be remembered forever. (The
town created a law that said anyone who mentioned
his name would be put to death immediately.) 
The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
The temple was under construction (again) when
some years later Alexander the Great visited the
town. Alexander had seen many beautiful buildings
in his travels, but this temple was so beautiful
that it impressed even Alexander the Great!
Alexander offered to give the town enough money
to finishing building it if the townspeople would
put his name on it.
The town did not want to do that, but they did
thank Alexander very nicely. (You would too if
you were facing Alexander's army!)
The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
In Alexanders time, the ornately decorated
temple was 425 feet long, 225 feet wide, and 60
feet high. 127 columns supported the roof.  
A constant stream of visitors came to see the
temple. The townspeople built shops around the
temple. Some shops sold little replicas of the
temple for tourists to take home.
The city of Ephesus boomed for a while. But it
did not last. The temple was destroyed (again)
around 200 CE by the Goths.
The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
This time, it was not rebuilt. Construction costs
had increased considerably. There was not enough
money in the town treasury to rebuild the temple
to its former magnificence. 
The remaining pieces slowly sunk in the marshy
field until the ruin disappeared from sight
The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
Hundreds of years later, in the 1800's, the
British Museum sent a team to search for the
fabled Temple of Artemis. No one had any idea
where the temple used to stand. Short of digging
up the whole town and the surrounding
countryside, the first team found themselves
rather stuck.
Another team, sent out a few years later, dug up
the remains of 5 temples, one built on top of the
They believed they had found the Temple of
The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
Today, all that remains of this incredible
structure is a single column in the middle of a
marshy field that marks the spot where the Temple
once stood.
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