Evin Egeli McCain and Alan McCain
- Fully illustrated introduction to Pergamum’s history and significance
For a brief, shining moment the city of Pergamum set out to rival Athens in splendour and artistic prominence; the world’s most famous architects, sculptors and intellectuals gathered there, and its library is said to have contained 20,000 volumes. From 281 to 133 BCE five generations of the Attalid dynasty ruled western Anatolia as far south as the Mediterranean coast from Pergamum, but when King Attalos III died it was discovered that, uniquely in history, he had willed his kingdom to Rome. The city continued to thrive as a centre of healing and became a bishopric, mentioned in the Apocalypse of John among the seven churches of Asia Minor as the place ‘where Satan’s throne is’ – probably a reference to the great altar, now on display in Berlin’s Pergamon Museum. Today, modern Turkish Bergama, a modest market town north of the city of Izmir, attracts thousands of visitors to the nearby ancient city of Pergamum.
Evin Egeli McCain was born in Bergama. She is a graduate of The American Collegiate Institute in Izmir and has been one of Turkey’s most sought-after tour guides for over 25 years. Her husband, Alan McCain, is a native of Wisconsin and is a retired English teacher and editor.