Probably its most famous event though was the Artemis riots that took place in the Grand Theatre. In the early days of Christianity, many people that had not converted were still worshipping gods of which one of them was Artemis, the goddess of fertility.
Demetrius was a silversmith who sold figures of the goddess but because of Saint Paul’s preaching’s, his sales were diminishing. He managed to incite a crowd who gathered in the theatre demanding recognition of Artemis. Friends of Saint Paul begged him not to appear in front of the crowd since they were in no mood to listen. Thankfully, an intelligent city clerk calmed them down and urged them to follow the law by protesting to the courts of the city.