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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER XVI. " But I shall remain at Ephesus until Pentecost; for a door is opened to me both great and effectual, and there are many adversaries against whom I must contend." 1 Cor. xvi 8, 9. " Great is Diana of the Ephesians."Acts six. 28. DESCRIPTION OF EPHESUS. TEMPLE OF DIANA. HER IMAGE AND WORSHIP. POLITICAL CONSTITUTION OF EPHESUS. THE ASIARCHS. DEMETRIUS AND THE SILVERSMITHS. TUMULT IN THE THEATRE. SPEECH OF THE TOWN- CLERK. ST. PAUL'S DEPARTURE. The boundaries of the province of Asia,' and the position of its chief city Ephesus,3 have already been placed before the reader. It is now time that we should give some description of the city itself, with a notice of its characteristic religious institutions, and its political arrangements under the Empire. No cities were ever more favourably placed for prosperity and growth than those of the colonial Greeks in Asia Minor. They had the advantage of a coast-line full of convenient harbours, and of a sea which was favourable to the navigation of that day ; and, by the long approaches formed by the plains of the great western rivers, they had access to the inland trade of the East. Two of these rivers have been more than once alluded to,the Hermus and the Maeander.' The valley of the first was bounded on the south by the ridge of Tmolus ; that of the second was bounded on the north by Messogis. In the interval between these two mountain ranges was the shorter course of the river Cayster. A few From Ah. Num. HI. p. 49. For the form under which Diana is represented, see bjlow, p. 76. Compare p. 18. Ch. viii. Vol. I. p. 237. ' Ch. xiv. Vol. H. p. 18. P above, Vol. II. pp. 12 18. miles from the sea a narrow gorge is formed by Mount Paclyas on the south, which is the western termination of Messogis...
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