A Bit of Background Concerning the Church at Pergamum
- about 60 miles north of Smyrna.
- known for being a great religious, intellectual, and medical hub of the day.
- the city was known for containing the alter of Zeus, one of the 7 wonders of the world. Also had the first temple dedicated to Ceasar.
- the city contained a medical center which accompanied the worship of the deity of medicine, Aesculapius (signified by a coiled snake on a pole).