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Ancient Turkey: A Traveller's History
by Seton Lloyd
Seton Lloyd's lively account of Turkey's early history is for the ever-increasing number of people visiting the ancient sites of this fabled land. Written by an archaeologist who has spent much of his life in the Near East, the book is not a conventional "guide" to the antiquities of Anatolia, nor is it a textbook. It is instead Lloyd's attempt to share his profound intere ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 28th 1999 by University of California Press
(first published 1989)
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Read this book as I am preparing for my first trip to Turkey, pursuing my interest in Hittitology and witness the remains of this great civilization that had once dominated Asia Minor. The book provided about 3 chapters worth of infomation about Hittite civilization in Turkey, which is quite short. Yet, I think this has to do with the fact that much about this civilization are still yet to be discovered and interpreted. The author did include a good amount of information about the Middle period ...more
This relatively brief book tracks the history of Turkey from Neolithic times through Paul's journeys in early AD, complete with descriptions and photographs of some of the most interesting locations. It was my first contact with this subject, and so particularly interesting. It's somewhat embarrassing to have reached this age, think of myself as reasonably educated, and yet still find a general knowledge subject about which I know so little. Oh, well. Anyway, this is a good primer, although a l ...more
This book was very academic in tone (read: dry and detailed), and much more narrowly focused than I expected. I imagine that if you're already versed in the history of pre-Islamic Anatolia, this would be a very interesting deep dive. If you're looking to get just a basic grasp of the broad strokes of ancient Turkey, though, I'm not sure this is the book to start with.