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I plan to post some photos later from Laodicea, Colossae and Aphrodisias, but for now I wanted to share some from Ephesus and Miletus. This is the theater mentioned in Acts 19, the site where thousands assembled and for 2 hours chanted, “Great is Dianna of the Ephesians!” This was in response to Demetrius stirring up the crowd as he saw the logical consequences of Paul’s preaching:  No longer would Dianna/Artemis hold her divine place of honor, but also  Demetrius and the other craftsmen would be out of the business of making the silver shrines and idols of Artimis, items that were purchased by people from everywhere as they made the pilgrimage to see the Artemis temple, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The theater holds 24,000-25,000 people.
Notice in the distance the Street of the Curetes, which led to the harbor. Paul would have used that street to access the harbor. The Cayster River served as the conduit for ships traveling to and from the Agean Sea. Though now the river is silted in, our photo shows some water there where the river once flowed. (BTW you can click on image for larger view.)
I thought I’d include another group shot. The location here is the famous library of Celcus, originally built in A.D. 110, by Consul Gaius Julius Aquila, in honor of his father, Gaius Julius Celsu Polemaeanus, governor of Asia A.D. 105-107.
Everyone has enjoyed our guide, Orhan. He is leaving us today, because he is a Turk; when we board our ship we will be on Grecian territory. He is standing beside the goddess Nike, the mythical goddess of victory.
For the selection from Miletus I’ve selected a shot of a local shepherd with a lamb. It reminded me of texts such as John 10:7ff., where Jesus spoke of the care that the Good Shepherd has for His sheep.