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modern Izmir, was located on a peninsula in western Anatolia where the Hermus river entered the Aegean sea. Aeolian Greeks settled there c. 1000 bce and soon joined the Ionian League (Strabo XIV 1.4). Mud brick defense walls and a temple of Athena indicate that Smyrna was then a city state. In 333 bce Smyrna, which had in the meantime been under Persian rule, was captured and was re-founded by Alexander the Great (Pausanias VII 5.1–3). It was subject to Pergamum in 288 bce, and in 133 bce was willed to Rome by Attalos III. Twice mentioned in the New Testament (Rev 1…

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Aune, David E., “Smyrna”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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