A Commentary on the Epistle to the Ephesians

 
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The City of Ephesus. The city of Ephesus, under the Romans, the capital of Proconsular A sia, was situated on a plain near the mouth of the river Cayster. It was originally a Greek colony, but became in no small degree orientalized by the influences which surrounded it. Being a free city, it enjoyed under the Romans to a great extent the right of self-government. I ts constitution was essentially democratic. The municipal authority was vested in a Senate, and in the Assembly of the people. The ypax Aarei ?, Town Clerk, or. Recorder, was an officer in charge of the archives of the city, the promulgator of the laws, and was clothed with great authority. It was by his remonstrance the tumultuous assembly of which mention is made in A cts 19, 24-40, was induced to disperse. The city was principally celebrated for its temple of Diaua. From the earliest period of its history, Ephesus was regarded as sacred to that goddess. The attributes belonging to the Grecian Diana, however, seem to have been combined with those which belonged to the Phoenician A starte. Her image, as revered in Ephesus, was not a product of Grecian A rt, but a many-breasted, mummy-like figure of oriental symbolism. Her famous Temple was, however, a Greek building of the Ionic
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