Ephesus

[ef-uh-suh s]
noun
  1. an ancient city in W Asia Minor, S of Smyrna (Izmir): famous temple of Artemis, or Diana; early Christian community.
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Historical Examples of ephesus

  • Were not the Ephesians originally Athenians, and Ephesus is no mean city?

    Ion

    Plato

  • St. Paul, when at Ephesus, caused a number of books of magic to be burned.

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • How did he know that this dog, or this man, was the cause of the pestilence which afflicted Ephesus?

    The Phantom World

    Augustin Calmet

  • After this Thrasylus led his troops back to the sea, intending to sail to Ephesus.

    Hellenica

    Xenophon

  • The citizens of Ephesus, on their side, were not slow to protect themselves.

    Hellenica

    Xenophon


British Dictionary definitions for ephesus

Ephesus

noun
  1. (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

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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