Sonia Halliday Photographs

The Arcadian way, a broad boulevard flanked by graceful columns, connected the theater at Ephesus with the city’s harbor. The 24,000-seat theater was the site of a riotous meeting, recorded in Acts 19:23–41, in which local devotees of the fertility goddess Artemis denounced Paul’s ministry. Acts 19 names Demetrius, a silversmith who crafted and sold silver replicas of the Artemis temple, as the instigator of the gathering.