The design of our new project logo is based on a coin image minted in the years 41-42 AD under Emperor Claudius. On the front side Emperor Claudius can be seen in profile to the left. On the reverse side is a depiction of the Temple of Artemis of Ephesus with four-column front on a four stepped base and within the cult statue of Artemis Ephesia. In the tympanum a round shield, underneath a rectangular aperture, on both sides figures.
The coin is part of the Numismatic Collection of the National Museums in Berlin (Münzkabinett der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, Objektnr. 18213945; https://ikmk.smb.museum/object?lang=de&id=18213945&view=rs )
The depiction on the reverse side of this coin condenses all questions of our project which are wide-ranging going well beyond the core of the sanctuary however circling always around the centerpiece of cult. This focal point of cultural interaction appears even more impressive through the pursuit of a reconstruction of its geographical, architectonical and art historical embedding which is why this coin image expresses the aims of our project pointedly and was chosen as poject logo.