John Freely's Children of Achilles: The Greeks in Asia Minor since the PDF

By John Freely

The as soon as excellent, 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 beginning to Homer, Herodotus, and the 1st philosophers of nature. John Freely brings this very good civilization to existence as he recounts the epic tragedy of the Greeks in Anatolia, beginning with the Trojan warfare and culminating with the interval after the Turkish struggle of Independence. For historical past buffs, tourists, and an individual drawn to Greek tradition, Freely’s firsthand adventure of this tradition and quarter coupled along with his ardour for storytelling are a profitable mixture.

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According to the anonymous author of a curious work called The Contest of Homer and Hesiod: ‘But as for Homer, you might almost say that every city with its inhabitants claims him as her son. ’ During the archaic period the Greek cities on the western coast of Asia Minor and the nearby Aegean isles gave birth to the world’s first philosophers of nature, as well as lyric poets, geographers, architects and historians, the flowering of a renaissance that had begun during the previous century with the epics of Homer.

Mopsus also gave his name to the city of Mopsuestia, literally ‘the hearths of Mopsus’, in the Cilician plain. The name of Mopsus also appears in a bilingual hieroglyphic inscription, one in Phoenician and the other in Hittite hieroglyphics, of the eighth century BC at Karatepe, in eastern Cilicia. Mopsus appears much earlier than this in the form Muksus, referred to in a Hittite cuneiform tablet dated ca. 1200 BC, which places him in the period of the Trojan War and its immediate aftermath. Mopsus may also be the Muksas of a Hittite text dating from the reign of Arnuwandas III (r.

Other Aeolian colonies were founded in the Troad at sites ranging from the shore of the Adramyttene Gulf to the Hellespont, including Antandros, Polymedion, Lamponia, Hamaxitus, Colonae, Neandria, Cebren, Scepsis, Gergis, Sigeion and Dardanos, while Abydos was founded by Ionians from Miletus. Around 750 BC Aeolian colonists also founded a settlement on the site of ancient Troy called Ilion, the stratum on the Hisarlık mound now known as Troy VIII, perpetuating the name of the Homeric city. Other Aeolian cities in the Troad also had Homeric associations, the most obvious being Achilleion and Dardanos.

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