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Ephesus History



 
In the world in which we live every object and every event which we see or which we cannot see with the eye has a name. It is through these names that they retain a place in our memory. We remember by them, we call by them, and we think by them. When we ask ourselves what these names mean we are faced with a variety of questions which need to be answered. See at Ephesus Tours in Turkey.
 
Ephesus day tour  while some of these names are related to legends coming to us from the depths of history, others remind us of events which have given people fear or love, and still others may be the names of important persons. Some of these questions remain unanswered, no work by any grammarian having brought any success, while for others we can very clearly and easily find out what they are and where they derive from. Sometimes conflicts arise.
 
To give some examples, Aphrodisias comes from Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty; Athens from Athena, the protective goddess of the city; and Alexandria from the name of the king of Macedonia, founder of the city. As for Ephesus, it has come through history to our day without interruption except for a “ Private Guide Ephesus few instances. Thus, although in 289 BC Lysimachus, a general under Alexander the Great, named the city he built between the mountains of Coressus (Bülbül) and Fion (Panay?r) after his wife Arsinoe, it was changed back to Ephesus after the death of Lysimachus. A second change took place in the Christian era concerning the hill which lies today within the boundaries of the present Selçuk and upon which stand the church of St. John and a fortress: it was named “Hagios Theologos” after St. John who was very sacred for Christians. This hill was later called “Altuslocus”, Alasaluck” and “Ayasuluk” which is still the present name of the hill.
It should be made clear that in spite of the efforts of a great number of grammarians, it has not been possible to state with certainty where the name “Ephesus” derived from and what it meant. Some researchers say that the city was founded by the Amazons and that the name Ephesus was the name of an Amazon queen. Etymology remains unsatisfactory in this area. Some other researchers maintain that the name derives from “Apasas”, the name of the city built by the Hittites in West Anatolia. Still others have written that it derives from the word “Apis” meaning a bee. Indeed, Ephesus was a city which had a bee for its emblem. Also, early Ephesian coins had bees on them. The bee with its qualities of honey – producing and stinging has an important place in mythology. Aristaeus, son of Apollo and the god of hunting and valleys learned apiculture from the nymphs and taught it to human beings. The bee is also related with Artemis of Ephesus. The bee is defined as the symbol of abundance. Maybe Ephesus Tour was the city of a goddess of bees, which is of course also an hypothesis.

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