The ancient site of Aigai, one of the twelve cities of Aeolis, is located some twenty miles north-west of Manisa. The ruins are impressive, but the journey is a tough one. It is accessible by Jeep from the coast road near Aliağa. The area is called Nemrut Kale in Turkish and is no longer inhabited.
History Of Aigai
The area of Aeolia was that stretching along the coast of Western Anatolia and was founded, according to legend, by the descendants af Agamemnon. Aigai was an Aeolian colony from Its origins, and according to Herodotus, wos the oldest city in Aeolia. it was here that Themistocles, being in exile, made his way secretly In a lady’s litter to the Persian court at Susa. The town can never have been a political power, owing to its unfavorable position in a remote spot in steep mountainous country. It lay on the outskirts of the other Aeolian towns. It wos later under the rule of the Kings of Pergamum and, in the second century B.C., was completely rebuilt. The architecture of the reconstruction was tit at of the style of Pergamum. In this period the town had more importance ond expanded. It was badly damaged by the great earthquake of 17 A.D. which shook the whole region, but it recovered and enjoyed prosper it’s agoin for another period.
Ruins Of Aigai
The site of Aigai is similar to that of Pergamum in that it is a long rocky acropolis, stretching in four successive tiers to a point in the northeast. The extension towards the south of the original enclosure is built In fine regular courses, very much like the Wall of Eumenes ot Pergamum. They both have the same style of decoration and seem to have been designed by the same architect. This southern section af thé walls forms an excellent defence. The staaium stood on the lower terrace and the theoter was higher up. Its cavea was carved out of the rock and the stage was on a long platform. A small portlcoed temple occupies the upper terrace on the west, but the best-preserved building is the covered market which is also located on the upper terrace. The market building is rectangular and originally consisted of three levels