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Old Jul 10, 2009, 9:30 AM   #1
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It was thrilling for me to catch each other's eyes after about 20 centuries! Such was her popularity that people from far away cities, came to Ephesus for her cult in the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Even St. Paul was exiled from the city when he warned the Ephesians againts her. Anyway, with her speculative chest, she was the queen bee of Ephesus, the goddess of fertility!










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great work, looks like you had her all to yourself.

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Old Jul 10, 2009, 11:53 AM   #3
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Thanks for posting this series. I will Google Artemis and learn more about her mythology. She is in remarkable condition considering her age. The shots are nicely framed and exposed. The blue background sets her of well.

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Very nice photos! The texture and detail in the first one is wonderful - what lens did you use?
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great work, looks like you had her all to yourself.

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Oh, no way with the goddess of fertility Well, I wish I had a shrine confined to her in my house, but the statue stands in the Ephesus Museum, which wasn't very crowded at the time of shooting fortunately.
Thanks a lot for the kind appreciation.
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Thanks for posting this series. I will Google Artemis and learn more about her mythology. She is in remarkable condition considering her age. The shots are nicely framed and exposed. The blue background sets her of well.

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Thank you for your kind interest, Lou. During your reseach don't confuse Artemis Greek Goddess to fit into a male-dominated pantheon as the product of a quite patriarchal culture during antiquity, with the Ephesian Artemis who replaced the ancient Mother Goddess of Anatolia deriving from the neolithic age, and whose cult still exists in different parts of the world ; )
Btw, glad to hear you liked blue background as the grey background of the museum wasn't very enlivening!
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Very nice photos! The texture and detail in the first one is wonderful - what lens did you use?
Thank you Harriet. So, me, an admirer of her, took my chance of photographing her after two thousand years : ) As for the lens, it was the default one: Sigma 17-70!
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Great pictures! As Lou pointed out, the statue is in remarkable condition.
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Amazing history, thanks for sharing your wonderful shots.

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Great pictures! As Lou pointed out, the statue is in remarkable condition.
Thank you for your kind remark. Save for great earthquakes, statues may remain almost intact for thousands of years unless harmed by treasure seekers. Btw, that one is quite overlifesize with a hight of 9.5 ft. [2.9 m.]
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