A History of Pergamum: Beyond Hellenistic Kingship

A History of Pergamum: Beyond Hellenistic Kingship


By (author) Richard Evans

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  • Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • Format: Hardback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 236mm x 24mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 28 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1441124144
  • ISBN 13: 9781441124142
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,870,823

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The Kingdom of Pergamum emerged from the great period of instability which followed the death of Alexander the Great. Over the next century Pergamum was to become one of the wealthiest states in the eastern Mediterranean. The state of Pergamum was incorporated into the Roman Empire between 133/129 BCE and it eventually became Rome's wealthiest province. The whole of Asia Minor suffered in the civil wars which ended the Roman Republic, and Pergamum did not escape the exactions demanded of the Greek cities by Pompey, Caesar and Antony. In the subsequent peace, ushered in by Augustus, Pergamum regained its prosperity and became one of the cultural centres of the Roman Empire. Its ruling dynasty - the Attalids - were patrons of the arts and while in power were responsible for the remarkable embellishment of their capital at Pergamum. Other more ancient cities such as Ephesus and Miletus also benefited from their government. This volume surveys Pergamum's history from the late Third Century BCE to the Second Century CE.

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Author information

Richard Evans is a Lecturer in ancient history int the School of History and Archaeology at Cardiff University. His research interests encompass aspects of Roman Republican history and the early Principate. He is also interested in Greek and Hellenistic history and Greek historiography.

Table of contents

1: The History of the Hellenistic Kingdom of Pergamum; 2: Pergamum as Roman Asia; 3: The Cities of Pergamum; 4: The Land of Asia Minor; 5: The Sea of Asia Minor and Pergamum; 6: Literature, Art and Culture; 7: Temples and Religion in Pergamum; 8: The Place of Pergamum in History.