Marilyn Bridges Photography

Pergamon, 2004.

Pergamon, 2004. Pergamon was the seat of the Attalid kingdom, whose relatively enlightened rulers were loyal allies of Rome. The theater (lower left), perched on a steep hillside, had ten thousand seats. Left of center in the photograph is a temple dedicated to the Roman Emperor Trajan, with tall standing columns. The open area to the right of the theater is the Sanctuary of Athena. The Library of Pergamon (near center of the photograph) held some two hundred thousand volumes and was second only to that of Alexandria. Parchment was invented in Pergamon, and its name comes from that of the city. At upper right is a modern reservoir. The photograph looks northward.

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