Herostratus
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Herostratus
In Ephesus, a city in Ionia, on the night of July 21st, 356 B.C., an unknown man by name Herostratus, sets fire to the Temple of Diana (Artemis) with intent to render his name immortal. The temple was regarded not only as a sanctuary, but as the most beautiful edifice on earth, built as a tribute to the goddess of hunting and of nature. The citizens of Ephesus (today close to Selcuk, some 50 km south of Izmir in Turkey) are so shaken by the destruction of the temple that a decree is enacted to the effect that any person uttering the name "Herostratus" shall be put to death. The city… More