I’m sure you’ve read about the Temple of Diana of the Ephesians in the bible; but the only remains of her temple is a lone column left standing on the temple site, in a valley near the city center.
What you’re seeing in today’s post, are pictures of the Theatre where Paul was in Acts 19. Look carefully at the photos with the trees, and you can see the Theatre in the distance; it is massive, and very high. Supposedly, it would seat 30,000. The people ascending along the wall are going up to the Theatre entrance, which is likely where the events of Acts 19 took place.
2302 θέατρον [theatron /theh·at·ron/]; a spectacle; theatre, a place in which games and dramatic spectacles are exhibited, and public assemblies held (the Greeks used the theatre also as a forum). A place where a man is exhibited, gazed at, or made sport of. To the Greeks, a ‘Theatre’ had a 180 degree shape, but later, when the Coliseum in Rome was built, it was originally called an ‘Amphitheater’, because it was a ‘double theater’ being 360 degrees.
The main floor level is where speakers stood, such as Philosophers, Poets, etc., and all could hear them. What an amazing PA system! In addition, there were some Gladiator type activities there.
Acts 19: 28 And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians. 29 And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul’s companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre. 30 And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not. 31 And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent unto him, desiring him that he would not adventure himself into the theatre.