By Richard Stoneman

From Herodotus to Freya Stark, writers were encouraged by way of Turkey, a various nation on the crossroads of historical past, for millennia. the following, Richard Stoneman describes in energetic aspect the awesome literature they produced. At a time while Turkey’s place at the fringe might be set to alter to a deeper involvement in Europe, the necessity to comprehend the rustic is much more compelling. the diversity of shuttle writing represented during this publication exhibits how, whereas political conditions may well swap, the entice of Turkey is still constant.

Show description

Read Online or Download Across the Hellespont. A Literary Guide to Turkey PDF

Best turkey books

Orhan's Inheritance

They discovered him within one among seventeen cauldrons within the courtyard, steeping in an indigo dye colors darker than the summer season sky. His hands and chin have been propped over the copper facet, however the remainder of Kemal Türkoglu, age ninety-three, had grew to become an exquisite faded blue.

When Orhan’s wonderful and kooky grandfather, who equipped a dynasty out of constructing kilim rugs, is located useless in a vat of dye, Orhan inherits the decades-old enterprise. yet his grandfather’s will increases extra questions than it solutions. Kemal has left the relations property to a stranger millions of miles away, an getting older girl in a retirement domestic in la. Her life and secrecy approximately her previous simply deepen the secret of why Orhan’s grandfather might have left their domestic to this lady instead of to his personal family.

Intent on righting this injustice, Orhan forums a airplane to l. a.. There, over many conferences, he'll unearth the tale that eighty-seven-year-old Seda so heavily guards--the tale that, if advised, has the ability to undo the legacy upon which Orhan’s kinfolk is outfitted, the tale which can resolve Orhan’s personal future.

Moving among the final years of the Ottoman Empire and the Nineties, Orhan's Inheritance is a narrative of passionate love, unspeakable horrors, extraordinary resilience, and the hidden tales that hang-out a family.

The Byzantines (The Peoples of Europe)

This publication introduces the reader to the complicated historical past, ethnicity, and identification of the Byzantines. This quantity brings Byzantium – frequently misconstrued as a vanished successor to the classical global – to the vanguard of eu historyDeconstructs stereotypes surrounding ByzantiumBeautifully illustrated with images and maps

A Neighborhood in Ottoman Istanbul: Fruit Vendors and Civil Servants in the Kasap Ilyas Mahalle

Combining the shiny and colourful element of a micro-history with a much wider ancient point of view, this groundbreaking examine appears on the city and social background of a small local group (a mahalle) of Ottoman Istanbul, the Kasap Iùlyas. Drawing on highly wealthy ancient documentation beginning within the early 16th century, Cem Behar makes a speciality of how the Kasap Iùlyas mahalle got here to reflect many of the overarching problems with the capital urban of the Ottoman Empire.

Chronicon Paschale 284-628

The Chronicon Paschale is among the significant elements of the Byzantine chronographic culture overlaying the past due old interval.

Additional resources for Across the Hellespont. A Literary Guide to Turkey

Sample text

We must remember that several millennia separate the anonymous author of the hymn to Nanna and our late antique commentators. When Plutarch, for example, says of the Egyptians that they take the moon as the mother of the world and ascribe to it an hermaphroditic nature, since it is impregnated by the sun and becomes pregnant and then by itself sends generated matter in the air and scatters it here and there, we must take into account the Greek author's own religious or philosophical biases. E. Edessan philosopher Bar Daysan "looked at the Sun and the Moon; with the Sun he compared the Father, with the Moon the Mother," this may reflect the influence of astrological doctrine upon Bar Daysan's rather eclectic teachings.

Every ancient Mesopotamian city had particular divinities that it elevated above all others, t2 ANET, 562-563. THE CITY'S FOUNDATION TO THE FALL OF NABONIDUS 23 even while it acknowledged and worshipped the power of other gods. , the deity who occupied that supreme position was Sin, the Moon god and Lord of the city. It was the multiform powers of this god that were, 2500 years after the founding of Harran, to provide one of the strongest links between the Muslims and the pre-Islamic culture of the ancient Near East.

It has been suggested that the growing interest in the astral deities and astral prophecy in the Near East during this period was a direct consequence of the conquest of Mesopotamia by the Persians, whose own religion contained many astral elements. We shall shortly consider whether that claim is true. E. E. , but Harran is not mentioned in our available sources at any time during that interval. Although it is doubtful whether Alexander himself ever came to Harran, a Macedonian military colony was stationed on the ancient site, now transcribed as Karran, by its Seleucid rulers.

Download PDF sample

Download Across the Hellespont. A Literary Guide to Turkey by Richard Stoneman PDF
Rated 4.81 of 5 – based on 15 votes