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Goddess and the God-bearer

04 October 2013

The Bouleuterion, where the city council of Roman imperial Ephesos met. By the mid-second century, almost a quarter of the councillors were, or had been, members of the association of Kouretes, who celebrated the mysteries of Artemis in a grove south-west of the city. From The Mysteries of Artemis of Ephesos: Cult, polis, and change in the Graeco-Roman world by Guy MacLean Rogers (Yale, £29.95 (£26.95); 978-0-300-17863-0). In the later cult of Mary, Theotokos, with its legends about, and pilgrimages to, her reputed resting-place at Ephesos, the author suggests that "the goddess of salvation had arisen from the ashes of her home"

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