Queen of the East: Antioch

Antioch on the Orontes opening her threshold either to Anatolia or Mesopotamia is considered as a city of a meeting place of many different civilizations. Being located at the easternmost end of  Mediterranean coast and on the main trade route between Asia and Egypt, she eventually became the place of a great library and a... Continue Reading →

“Stone Age Questions raised by Göbeklitepe site” by Judith Starkston

      Judith Starkston at Tilmen Höyük (tell/mound) in southeastern Turkey When Judith Starkston read my recent post on Göbeklitepe and watched its documentary on National Geographic Channel, she beautifully summed up the whole information and wrote a post on her blog.  If you would like to read more about Göbeklitepe you can look... Continue Reading →

A Gigantic Stone Age Site “Göbeklitepe”

Göbeklitepe, a unique prehistoric site (called belly hill because of a depression which looks like a belly button) is one of the most significant archaeological discovery of the 21st century. Klaus Schmidt, a German archaeologist who rediscovered it in south-eastern Turkey in 1994,  believed that it is the site of World's oldest temple. The megaliths,... Continue Reading →

Hittite Spring Equinox: Purulli Festival

“Let the land prosper and thrive, and let the land be protected”…..from the myth of the Illuyanka. Spring equinox was  celebrated as a fertility ritual  in the Land of the Hatti.  The celebration of these rites were reflected on some rock reliefs that were discovered  in Ancient Anatolia. 

Hittite Spring Equinox: Purulli Festival

“Let the land prosper and thrive, and let the land be protected”.....from the myth of the Illuyanka. Spring equinox was  celebrated as a fertility ritual  in the Land of the Hatti.  The celebration of these rites were reflected on some rock reliefs that were discovered  in Ancient Anatolia.  A cuneiform tablet found during the excavations contains... Continue Reading →

Looking into the lives of Anatolian women: Judith Starkston, a historical novelist and researcher

Judith  Starkston Judith Starkston as an historical novelist and researcher hands one a telescope to peer back into Anatolia’s past. In her novel, Hand of Fire, she tells about Trojan Women and their roles in Ancient Anatolia and Mycenean Greece, particularly about Briseis’s, the captive woman who sparked the bitter conflict between Achilles and Agamemnon... Continue Reading →

Yasar Kemal: the hero of Turkish literature

All my life, my only dream was to write a little bit more, a little bit better.                                                                                                                                 Yasar Kemal Acclaimed as one of the greatest   writers in Turkish,  has died in Istanbul  aged 92. He was the first Turkish writer nominated for the Nobel prize for literature. His works often chronicled the lives of... Continue Reading →

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