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Pergamum, Pergamon

View of PergamumA Greek city some 25km inland from the coast of Asia Minor, opposite the Greek island Lesbos, commanding the valley of the River Caicus. It was a major Hellenistic power and, after Alexander, the seat of the family of the Attalids who controlled much of the northern areas of Alexander's empire and were highly influential in the homeland. This was a period of major architectural and sculptural projects on the site, making it appear the centre for a distinctive 'Pergamene' style, mainly modelled on the Attic tradition.

Above: View of Pergamum © Adolf H. Borbein

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