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By John Freely

ISBN-10: 184511941X

ISBN-13: 9781845119416

The as soon as fabulous, now ruined, towns that cluster alongside the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts of Turkey are reminders of a civilization that produced the 1st Hellenic enlightenment, giving delivery to Homer, Herodotus, and the 1st philosophers of nature. John Freely brings this fantastic civilization to lifestyles as he recounts the epic tragedy of the Greeks in Anatolia, beginning with the Trojan battle and culminating with the interval after the Turkish battle of Independence. For background buffs, tourists, and a person drawn to Greek tradition, Freely’s firsthand adventure of this tradition and quarter coupled together with his ardour for storytelling are a profitable mixture.

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This Cymean king Agamemnon had a daughter Demodike who married ‘Midas the Phrygian’, who was probably a descendant of the famous ‘King Midas of the golden touch’. This story may be apocryphal, but it indicates that Cyme and the other Greek cities on the coast were in contact with the Phrygians, trading with them up The Archaic Renaissance 23 the Hermus and Maeander rivers. There was a cultural exchange as well, as evidenced by similarities in the Greek and Lydian alphabets as well as in architecture and metal work.

Herodotus says that the Ionians ‘had the good fortune to establish their settlements in a region which enjoys a better climate than any other we know of. ’ According to Herodotus, the settlers were by no means solely Ionian, nor were their immediate descendants purely Greek, for the colonists took wives from among the local population. It is quite absurd to pretend that they are any more Ionian, or of purer blood, than the Ionians generally … Even those who came from the Council House in Athens and believe themselves to be of the purest Ionian blood, took no women with them but married Carian girls, whose parents they had killed.

1220–1190 BC), which again places him in the period of the Trojan War. These Hittite references give credence to ancient Greek traditions that the first Hellenes in Anatolia were Achaeans of the late Bronze Age, who established settlements along the Aegean coast and fought in a great war in the Troad, after which they formed part of the ‘mixed multitudes’ that founded cities along the Mediterranean shore. The events that followed are lost to history, shrouded in the several centuries of the Greek Dark Ages that followed the end of the Bronze Age.

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