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In ancient antiquity Ephesus was a very diverse and prosperous city City life and the workplace were always booming Education was always at an all-time high Out of Ephesus came great philosophers architects painters musicians and doctors Ephesus was known as being a center for education social matters and religion The Ephesians attributed all of this to one being as shown by this quote In such prosperous times it was not difficult for its citizens to maintain that it was the Great Artemis of The Ephesians who protected them gave them their well-being and offered them continuity between the past and future Strelan 43 Artemis was the Great Mother to the Ephesians Ogilvie 21 The Ephesians claimed that Artemis was born in Ephesus and that is where she stayed her time They were very proud to call her one of their own She was referred to as Artemis Ephesia for the sake of her home She was also attributed the namesake parthenos because she was a goddess of chastity and fertility She was also known to help pregnant women and to help in childbirth But Artemis was not only looked upon for the life change from the womb to birth but also childhood to adulthood and virginity to marriage Strelan 51 She was the great protector of the city The Ephesians looked to her for help and support in any life crisis or city crisis They said that it was all her handiwork when things went well They praised her for watching over her citizens and for keeping the city together and at peace It was made apparent to every person how important Artemis was to Ephesus and her citizens From birth children were learning about Artemis through myths and legends Stories were told day and night all year round showing how magnificent she was and showing all that she could do for the city Festivals were held for Artemis and word of
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