Cicero is known to be lived in the city in 50 B.C.
Laodicea was on the crossroads between the important Ionian cities of that time. This helped the city to claim a big wealth due to the existing high volume commercial activity in the region. There was a rich and influencial Jewish community long before the Christian era. But, most of the locals were respecting Zeus more than any other god.
During the time of St.John, the church of Laodicea was one of the seven most important churches of Christianity. On his message of God to the church of Laodicea which was written in Revelation 3:14-22, he said :
"(3:14) To the angel of the church in Laodicea write : This is the message from the Amen, the faithful and true witness, who is the origin of all that God has created. (3:15) I know what you have done; I know you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were either one or the other! (3:16) But because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I am going to spit you out of my mouth! (3:17) You say, 'I am rich and well off; I have all I need.' But you do not know how miserable and pitiful you are! You are poor, naked, and blind. (3:18) I advise you, then, to buy gold from me, pure gold, in order to be rich. Buy also white clothing to dress yourself and cover up your shameful nakedness. (3:19) I rebuke and punish all whom I love. Be in earnest, then, and turn from your sins. (3:20) Listen! I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into his house and eat with him, and he will eat with me. (3:21) To those who win the victory I will give the right to sit beside me on my throne, just as I have been victorious and now sit by my Father on his throne. (3:22) If you have ears, then, listen to what the Spirit says to the churches!"