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*Herostratic fame —Fame at any cost

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Fame at any cost

★  The Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, located in modern day Turkey.

 The Temple was burned down by an arsonist in 356 BC. 

★ You may ask how one burns down a marble temple. 

★ It turns out that the roof was supported by wooden beams.
★ When asked why he burned the temple down, the captured arsonist replied that he wanted to guarantee he would be remembered in history and that this was his plan – to burn down the Temple of Artemis. 

★ He was executed and it was ordered that his name be erased from all records and that no one could ever mention his name again, under penalty of death. 

★ However, his plan worked, for we do know his name: Herostratus.

★ From this we have the term “herostratic fame,” meaning fame at any cost .

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