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Assos was founded in the 8th century BC by colonists from Lesvos Island (Greece), who built the Temple to Athena in 530 BC.
During its greatest prosperity, ruled by Hermias of Atarneus, philosophers moved to the city. In 348 BC Aristotle came here and married King Hermeias's niece, Pythia, before leaving to Lesvos three years later in 345 BC. This 'golden period' of Assos ended several years later when the Persians arrived, and subsequently tortured Hermias to death.
The Persians were eventually driven out by Alexander the Great. Between 241 and 133 BC, the city was ruled by the Kings of Pergamum.
Saint Paul also visited the city during his third missionary journey through Asia Minor, which was between 53-57 AD.

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