History of Aspendos

The city of Apdendos was thought to be founded sometime around 800 BC by Hittite settlers. In 333 BC, Alexandar the Great conquered the city. Alexander agreed not to occupy the city if the residents agreed to pay taxes and horses. Unfortunately, the citizens did not fulfill their part of the agreement. This resulted in Alexander returning to the city to enforce harsher restrictions. During the 6th century, Lydians and Persians ruled the city.