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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Day 17: Pergamum

Today we visit Pergamum.  The ruins lie to the north and west of the modern city of Bergama.  Pergamum was the capital city of the province.  It had a great library of 200,00 volumes.  The Acropolis was built on a hill and there were many temples including one to Asceleplos the god of healing.

The ‘throne of Satan’ in Revelation 2:13 is thought to be the great altar to Zeus, but others think it might be the whole hill with the temples in contrast to ‘the mountain of the Lord’.
Altar of Zeus

I arrived there in the late afternoon in the gathering gloom.  The hill looms over the town and in the gathering gloom it took on quite a menacing appearance.  I was travelling with a group and we sang a hymn overlooking the Altar to Zeus – a local stray cat joined in with howling!   As we walked amongst the ruins in the twilight we saw trees which had been dressed with tissue paper by tourists.

If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.          John D. Rockefeller

Bible Verse
Pergamum     Revelation 2:12-17

v17     I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.


How easily swayed are you by other people’s arguments?  What values do you hold that you would be unwilling to violate?

Technique Challenge
Use a paper serviette as part of your page.
Paper serviettes are usually 3 ply.  Remove the top layer carefully and tear round the image you want to use.  Spread gel medium or pva glue thinly on your page and carefully smooth your serviette image onto the page.  Put another thin layer of glue over the top.

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