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Ancient and modern

Ancient and modern

25 February 2023

9:00 AM

25 February 2023

9:00 AM

In ad 115 Antioch (Antakya) was destroyed, as today, by a huge earthquake, described dramatically by a historian 100 years later. In ad 178, Smyrna (modern Izmir, west Turkey) suffered the same fate. The next day one of its sons, Aelius Aristides, wrote to the Emperor Marcus Aurelius:

‘Smyrna, the jewel of Asia that beautifies your empire, lies low, wiped out by fire and earthquake.

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