In the Heart of Rome

July 8, 2014

Greetings from Rome. My group all arrived safely today, and everyone’s luggage arrived also! The afternoon was designated as free time, which allowed for lots of walking and seeing many sites of ancient Rome. A familiar landmark, the Colosseum, is on your left. It was completed by Emperor Titus in 80 AD. In the distance is the Arch of Constantine, erected in 315 AD.

Colosseum and Arch of Constantine in Rome. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

Colosseum and Arch of Constantine in Rome. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

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Will post more as time permits.


King Eumenes, Brother of Attalus II

July 1, 2014

The biblical city of Philadelphia, one of the seven churches of Asia Minor (Rev. 3:7-13) was founded by Attalus II, king of Pergamum (159–138 BC).

W.M. Ramsay tells us that Attalus II’s “truth and loyalty to his brother Eumenes won him the epithet Philadelphus” (The Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia, p. 391). Hence the name of the city, Philadelphiawhich means brotherly love.

“Because of its strategic location, it [Philadelphia] served as a vital link in communication and trade between Sardis and Pergamum to the west and Laodicea and Hierapolis to the east. It was a center of agriculture, leather production, and textile industry” (Harper’s Bible Dictionary). Today Philadelphia is called Alaşehir.

Attalus II was also the founder of Attalia, mentioned in Acts 14:25-26 in connection with Paul’s return trip on his 1st Missionary Journey. This is the site of today’s Antalya, one of Turkey’s largest cities.

Eumenes, brother of Attalus II, was king of Pergamun 197-157 BC. He was the founder of the city of Hierapolis (Col. 4:13). It is fitting that there is a bust of Eumenes in the museum at Hierapolis.

King Eumenes II, brother to Attalus II Philadelphus. Photo ©Leon Mauldin.

King Eumenes II, brother to Attalus II Philadelphus. Photo ©Leon Mauldin.

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