E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Diana of Ephesus.
This statue, we are told, fell from heaven. If so, it was an aerolite; but Minucius says he saw it, and that it was a wooden statue (second century, A.D.). Pliny, a contemporary of Minucius, tells us it was made of ebony. Probably the real
image was a meteorite, and in the course of time a wooden or ebony image was substituted.
The palladium of Troy, the sacred shield of the Romans, the shrine of our Lady of Loretto, and other similar religious objects of veneration, were said to have been sent from heaven. The statue of Cyble (3 syl.) fell from heaven; and Elagablas, of Syro-Phnicia, was a great conical stone which fell from heaven.
Great is Diana of the Ephesians. Nothing like leather; self-interest blinds the eyes. Demetrios was a silversmith of Ephesus, who made gold and silver shrines for the temple of Diana. When Christianity was preached in the city, and there was danger of substituting the simplicity of the Gospel for the grandeur of idolatry, the silversmiths, headed by Demetrios, stirred the people to a riot, and they cried out with one voice for the space of two hours, Great is Diana of the Ephesians! (Acts xix. 2428.)