PERGE_IMG_2252Perga was an ancient and important city of Pamphylia, between the rivers Catarrhactes and Cestrus. It was renowned for the worship of Artemis, whose temple stood on a hill outside the town, and in whose honour annual festivals were celebrated. The coins of Perge represent both the goddess and her temple. Alexander the Great occupied Perge with a part of his army after quitting Phaselis, between which two towns the road is described as long and difficult.
Alexander’s rule was followed by the Diadochi empire of the Seleucids.
In the first half of the 4th century, during the reign of Constantine the Great (324-337), Perga became an important centre of Christianity, which soon became the official religion of the Roman Empire. The city retained its status as a Christian centre in the 5th and 6th centuries.PERGE_IMG_2255PERGE_IMG_2297 PERGE_IMG_2296 PERGE_IMG_2293 PERGE_IMG_2292 PERGE_IMG_2290 PERGE_IMG_2282 PERGE_IMG_2281 PERGE_IMG_2277 PERGE_IMG_2275 PERGE_IMG_2272 PERGE_IMG_2266 PERGE_IMG_2261 PERGE_IMG_2259 PERGE_IMG_2256 PERGE_IMG_2253 PERGE_IMG_2323PERGE_IMG_2318 PERGE_IMG_2317 PERGE_IMG_2304 PERGE_IMG_2303 PERGE_IMG_2302 PERGE_IMG_2300