- an ancient city in W Asia Minor, S of Smyrna (Izmir): famous temple of Artemis, or Diana; early Christian community.
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Examples from the Web for ephesus
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St. Paul, when at Ephesus, caused a number of books of magic to be burned.
How did he know that this dog, or this man, was the cause of the pestilence which afflicted Ephesus?
The citizens of Ephesus, on their side, were not slow to protect themselves.
After this Thrasylus led his troops back to the sea, intending to sail to Ephesus.
- (in ancient Greece) a major trading city on the W coast of Asia Minor: famous for its temple of Artemis (Diana); sacked by the Goths (262 ad)
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Word Origin and History for ephesus
Greek city in ancient Asia Minor, center of worship for Artemis, Greek Ephesos, traditionally derived from ephoros "overseer," in reference to its religious significance, but this might be folk etymology.
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