Most of us can be petty at times but one man took it to a whole new level. He destroyed one of the Ancient Wonders of the World just so everyone will remember his name. Interestingly, not a lot of people have actually heard of him.
The Temple of Artemis was a Greek temple located in Ephesus dedicated to the goddess of the hunt and chastity. It was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World alongside the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Colossus of Rhodes. Although it was rebuilt three times during its existence, it was the shocking actions of one man that enraged ancient worshippers.
The temple’s first incarnation was destroyed by a flood but it was the second destruction that enraged the Ephesians.
People initially believed that the Temple of Artemis was virtually indestructible. After all, it was roughly 377 feet in length and 180 feet wide. In addition to that, it had 127 gleaming white marble columns that held up its roof. However, it also had wood frame beams that supported the roof. These were the weaknesses that Herostratus targeted when he set out to destroy the temple.
Not much is known about Herostratus. However, he reportedly snuck past guards and placed various oiled rags around the temple then proceeded to light it on fire. It is on that fateful day in 356 BC that the Temple of Artemis was destroyed because of the pettiness of one very clever arsonist.
Interestingly, Herostratus didn’t bother to hide from Ephesian authorities. The arsonist actually admitted to the crime and was immediately subjected to torture for what he did. He also claimed that he burned the temple down because he wanted everyone to remember his name.
This is all that remains of the Temple of Artemis today.
The citizens of Ephesus were understandably enraged with the actions. After Herostratus was sentenced to death, the Ephesians vowed to never speak his name. However, the Greek historian Theopompus took note of the criminal and so the metonym “herostatic fame” was coined. The term refers to someone who commits a criminal act in order to be remembered.
The Temple of Artemis was rebuilt after Herostratus’ petty destruction. Unfortunately, it was once again torn down by the Goths in 268 AD.
The ruins of the temple can still be found near the modern town of Selçuk in present-day Turkey. However, people will always remember how one man’s extreme pettiness single-handedly destroyed one of the great Wonders of the Ancient World.
Origins of Pasta – It’s Not Really From Italy
Many people associate pasta with Italian cuisine, but did it really come from Italy?
Pasta - it’s easily one of the favorite and easiest ingredients to have when you want to make a hearty meal. It comes in different sizes, shapes and even colors for a more enjoyable dish. Many people might think that Italy is the best place to find delicious pasta dishes. After all, it is associated with Italian cuisine.
While it’s true that pasta is a traditional cuisine in Italy and that some of the sumptuous pasta dishes and authentic pasta recipes are found in the country, its actual origin can be traced from someplace else.
Turns out pasta is not really from Italy.
Ancient Village Found In Canada Is Older Than The Egyptian Pyramids
“I remember when we got the dates back, and we just sat back and said, ‘Holy moly, this is old.’”
We generally think of ancient ruins as being found mostly in Europe, Africa or South America where some monuments and buildings have been standing for thousands of years. However, a home recently found in Canada has been carbon-dated and the study suggests that it is even older than the pyramids.
A team of students from the University of Victoria’s archeology department has uncovered the oldest settlement ever to be found in North America. They were digging on Triquet Island, located about 300 miles north of Victoria, British Columbia’s capital when they discovered the ruins.
World’s Largest Freshwater Pearl Formerly Owned by Catherine the Great Sold At $374,000
The Sleeping Lion was one of the famed empress’ prized jewels.
A freshwater pearl once owned by Catherine the Great was sold for an astounding $374,000 on May 31, 2018. The auction was done by the Amsterdam Pearl Society and was held at The Hague.
Considered as the world's largest pearl, the "Sleeping Lion" (noting its unusual shape) weighs 5.4 ounces and is 2.75 inches in length. According to the Venduehuis auction house catalogue, it was sold below its estimated value, which was was between $397,000 and $630,000.
The unusual shape is responsible for the pearl's name.