The CITY (3:1)
Sardis was a wealthy kingdom (gold/silver coins first minted in Sardis) and center for wool production and the garment industry
Sardis was built on a hill 1500 feet above the valley below and had rock walls on 3 sides making it almost impregnable. The city could only be approached from the south via a steep and difficult path.
Due to its impregnable location, the people of the city became overconfident. Through carelessness, the city was conquered.
The city was destroyed in a earthquake in AD 17 but was rebuilt with the generous aid of emperor (Tiberius). In gratitude, the citizens built a temple in his honor. Hot springs near Sardis were celebrated as a spot where the gods manifested their power to give life to the dead