SMYRNE

City located on the Aegean coast of the Roman province of Asia, near the Turkish Izmir. It was rebuilt on an ancient site in the 3rd century BC and became one of the most prosperous cities in Asia Minor. It was a natural harbor in a fertile region, famous for its beauty and magnificent constructions. The Agly was probably founded there by preachers from Ephesus (Acts 19:10). She encountered opposition from the Jews and received the promise of a true crown for her faithfulness (Revelation 2: 9), an image that alluded to the city’s wealth and historical fame.