If you have made it this far into the Eastern Med Trip Blog Posts, you have come to the FINAL POST OF GRECO/ROMAN RUIN visits! I'm sure you're pretty excited. I know I am. So let's get on with the show.
Pergamun reached great heights in the Hellenistic, late Roman Republic and Early Empire stages. It is of particular note because its last King as an independent entity, willed the city over to Rome as he had no heirs. For more history, go here.
We visited two major sites, the Acropolis and the Ascelpion
Overview of the Acropolis
Again as you look at the ruins try to imagine them as full and completed buildings. You would not have nearly as much open space. Many of the structures we walk through would be covered and their would be tall walls around us
One of the major structures that still have significant columns remaining is the Trajan Temple
Restoration can take decades depending on the availability of funds
These are pieces that are laid out for future work
Many views of the temple
A water system existed that got water from 45 kilometers away all up this high hill
Way down here is a piece of the acqueduct
THANK THE GODS
Other scenes in the Acropolis
As we drove to the Ascelpion, we got a picture of a Temple to the Egyptian Gods in what was the lower city
After lunch we stopped at an old square for coffee and tea
Old soul hotel owner with 500 year-old tree
Right across the street
An operating Hamman
Dating from the 16th century
Essentially this is a hospital
Galen, one of the famous names in medical history from the 2nd Century AD spent much of his career here.
Things were not much different then
To get the best health care, you needed to pay for it.
Road leading into the facility
They even had a theater here to entertain patients and workers
I challenged our guide Işik, who loves karaoke, to perform in the theater
Exploring the actual area of treatment rooms
Superior stone work
Cutting and shaping marble so it is curved and encircled a large area
And a final
SIGNS OF THE WORLD
One of the many diseases recognized in Ancient times