Artemis of Ephesus. Date: Second half of the century CE. Head, feet and hands restored by Valadier in bronze Medium: Alabaster, bronze Provenance: Naples, National Archaeological Museum (Museo archeologico nazionale di Napoli) - The Ancient Way of Life
Ephesus was steeped in goddess religion, having as its main goddess – the goddess of fertility. She was identified with the Greek goddess Artemis, the virgin huntress – except the Romans called her Diana – the fertility goddess.