‘Reading into the mysteries of Artemis Ephesia’, pp. 145-63 in Curating Architecture and the City, Zeynep Akture
Reading into the mysteries of Artemis Ephesia
On 18 September 1956, Franz Miltner, head of the Austrian team of archaeologistsworking at the ancient site of Ephesos, near modern Selçuk in the Izmir province ofTurkey, was informed by an enthusiastic Turkish excavation worker about theunearthing of a golden statue in the Prytaneion.
On closer examination,the statue turned out to be not gold but, most probably, coated in gold on the upperhalf. The perfectly worked marble statue was named ‘Artemis the Beautiful’ by Miltneron the basis of its high-quality workmanship, distinguishing it from the later-discovered‘Artemis the Colossal’, again from the Prytaneion, thus named because of its size. Athird, smaller-than-life-size statue again from the Prytaneion would soon join the two.