Sardis, Pergamum, and Troy

Trip Start Aug 27, 2004
Trip End Jan 24, 2005

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Sunday, September 26, 2004

--Sardis, the ancient capital of theLydian empire, dates back to the 7th century BC. The grave of "King Midas" was excavated from Lydian mounds, of which hundreds of thousands were built throughout the countryside to confuse tomb robbers. Sardis hosts the largest ancient Jewish synagogue in Turkey, as well as the largest Roman bath. Alexander conquered Sardis on his way to Empire.
--Pergamum was once the site of the one of the largest libraries of ancient times, rivaled only by Alexandria. The people of Pergamum were famous for inventing goat skin parchment to rival the papyrus monopoly of Alexandria... that is, until Marc Antony took all the writings from Pergamum, made a gift of them to Cleopatra, and the library at Alexandria was destroyed during the battle of Actium in 31 BC. But that is neither here nor there.
--Troy, the city of legend and pseudo-site of a Brad Pitt movie... was not as big as I thought it would be.
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