Hold the Faith… Pergamum

Back to the series…

Pergamum libraryPergamum was briefly the capital of the Roman province of Asia before the capital  was transferred to Ephesus.

Pergamum reached the height of its greatness under Roman Imperial rule and was home to about 200,000 inhabitants.


Seat Satan altar“Pergamum called “the dwelling place of Satan” from the book of Revelation. In part one, Gordon examines life in first-century Pergamum; the pagan cults devoted to the Roman emperor and the Greek gods Zeus and Asklepios; and the martyrdom of the Christian bishop Antipas.

In part two, Pergamum’s Altar of Zeus takes centre stage as it is excavated and taken to Germany where it later inspires the architecture of Adolf Hitler.



Death is not welcome at the healing centre

tunnel to healing centre

In the city of Pergamum, the Sanctuary of Asclepius grew in fame and was considered one of the most famous therapeutic and healing centres of the Roman world. Galen, after Hippocrates the most famous physician of antiquity, was born at Pergamum and received his early training at he Asclepeion.

Pergamum reached the height of its greatness under Roman Imperial rule and was home to about 200,000 inhabitants.



In Hold the Faith, part 1 in the Apostle John series, the apostle John visited Pergamum, and some time was spent in covering what happened to Antipas. My research was taken from many sources, but the one at the link above seems to encapsulate all the reports I read.

This is just one of the many examples of the cost that early Christians paid for their faith.


What would we think/do today? Looking around me I believe that the ‘cheer squad on the sidelines’ could be encouraging us to ‘go through the motions and pretend”. Our Christian ancestors did not. Should we perhaps think deeply about our faith and what our belief is worth?

This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live. Deut 30: 19

Worth considering


A heads-up for those who are interested in the Apostle John series… Grow in Grace, part 2 in the series, is back from the proof-reader. Look for it on Amazon soon.





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