History of Aspendos

Aspendos is in existence from the 5th century B.C. and was built during the reign of Marcus Aurelius (2nd century B.C.) by a renowned architect known by the name of Zenon. A parallel historical account shows that the city was actually built in the 13th century B.C. by Mopsus. However by the 6th century it came under Lydian rule but was soon conquered by the Persian king Cyrus. Two centuries later Alexander the Great occupied this city but later with the Romans rising in power, Aspendos became inclined to Rome. In fact, it was a major port city during the Roman supremacy with Koprucay acting as the channel for conveyance. Records show that it was under the Seljuk control soon after.