Western Shores of Turkey: Discovering the Aegean and Mediterranean Coasts

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Resting on two continents, Turkey reflects and absorbs the cultures of both East and West and nowhere is this more evident than along its Aegean and Mediterranean coasts. This is a land immersed in history and mythology: it is where Anthony met Cleopatra, where Herodotus, the "father" of history, was born and where legendary battles were fought—from Alexander the Great to Gallipoli. The Western Shores of Turkey is the distillation of a succession of journeys that John Freely made along this coast—an odyssey ...

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Overview

Resting on two continents, Turkey reflects and absorbs the cultures of both East and West and nowhere is this more evident than along its Aegean and Mediterranean coasts. This is a land immersed in history and mythology: it is where Anthony met Cleopatra, where Herodotus, the "father" of history, was born and where legendary battles were fought—from Alexander the Great to Gallipoli. The Western Shores of Turkey is the distillation of a succession of journeys that John Freely made along this coast—an odyssey spanning a quarter of a century. By bus, car and caique, on foot and post boat, from Istanbul to Antakya (Antioch) on the Syrian border, he discovered the charm of modern Turkey and the wonders of its past. The result is both an informative guide and a remarkable travelogue for all who follow in his footsteps.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The knowledge and experience which [John Freely] has compressed into his book make it remarkably authoritative and comprehensive...the record of a journey undertaken by a man effortlessly able to convey in depth the meaning of what he sees."—Marlena Frick, Scotsman, Edinburgh

"John Freely, in this highly informative book, aims to provide an informal guide to the archaeological sites and historical monuments of this beautiful part of Asia Minor...and to evoke the spirit of these places for those who are embarking upon their own odysseys...he succeeds admirably in both."—Geoffrey Page, Going Places

"With modern map and classical atlas to hand he [John Freely] makes his way along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, skillfully merging past and present as he visits scores of ancient sites, quotes Herodotus and Homer, Sappho and Scripture, and provides detailed plans and useful appendices for like-minded travellers. For them it is to be hoped that a paperback version will soon be available."—Church Times

"John Freely is the perfect guide to the fabled cities of Turkey's epic past bringing alive the many civilisations that once flourished along her Mediterranean and Aegean coasts. An essential book for all visitors to Western Turkey."—Publishing News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781850436188
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/4/2004
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 984,342
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

John Freely has written over thirty travel books and guides, most of them about Greece and Turkey. He is author of Strolling Through Athens (also Tauris Parke Paperbacks).

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Table of Contents

Illustrations

• Acknowledgements

• A note on Turkish spelling and pronunciation

• IntroductionThe Hellespontine Shores

• Troy and the Trojan Plain

• The Troad

• The Gulf of Edremit

• Pergamum and the Attalids

• The Aeolian Shore

• Izmir, the Ancient Smyrna

• Ancient Lydia: The Hermus Valley and Sardis

• The Northern Ionian Shore

• Ephesus and the Mother Goddess

• The Maeander Valley and Aphrodisias

• Miletus and the Vanished Splendours of Ionia

• The Carian Hills

• Bodrum, the Ancient Halicarnassus

• The Ceramic Gulf

• Cnidus and the Southern Shore of Caria

• From caria to Lycia

• The Xanthus Valley and the Tomb of Bellerophon

• The Western Lycian Shore

• The Eastern Lycian Shore

• The Pamhylian Plain

• The Cicilian Shore

• To the 'Fair Crown of the Orient'

• Chronology

• Turkish Glossary

• Architectural Glossary

• Bibliography

• Index

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