Sardis was a major city between the 7th century BC to the 7th century AD.  It was the capital of the Lydian empire from the 7th to 6th century BC.  In the 6th century BC, Anatolia was conquered by the Persians, Sardis became the seat of the area's satrap.  After Alexander the Great's conquests, Sardis became Hellenized.  Sardis became Greco-Roman with Roman control from the 1st century BC to the 4th century AD.  A number of ruins in Sardis date from the late Roman period, 4th to 7th centuries AD.
























Temple of Artemis was originally built in 300 BC by the Greeks, it was redesigned in the 2nd century AD by the Romans.













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