July 21, 356 BCE

On July 21, 356 BCE, a sad, pathetic man by the name of Herostratus set fire to the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus and burnt it to the ground. This temple was one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. Why did he do it? Was it because he was against religion? Had one of the priests or priestesses offended him? No. He did it for the fame of destroying something precious. He knew he was unable of being talented enough to create some work of art that would last hundreds of years past his death. He wasn’t intelligent enough to work out mathematical formulas that would carry his name like Pythagoras. But he could destroy something beautiful that a better person created and become infamous. He was tortured on the rack before he was executed. Unfortunately, the one thing he wanted did come true. People still remember him as his name is used to describe people who do horrible things to just be famous.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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