Category Archives: The Hidden Meanings

The secret of the Months and Days

Cité de Pera (Flower Arcade)

While walking through the old part of Beyoglu (Istiklal avenue), you’ll come across an eclectic Ottoman building called Cité de Pera just opposite Galata Palace, today’s Galatasaray Lycee. It might remind you some of the 19th century buildings in Paris and Vienna with their beautiful … Continue reading

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Archaic Greek in the Modern World

An endangered Greek dialect which is spoken in north-eastern Turkey has been identified by researchers as a “linguistic goldmine” because of its startling closeness to the ancient language, as Cambridge researcher Dr Ioanna Sitaridou explains. https://www.greecehighdefinition.com/blog/2017/5/26/archaic-greek-in-a-modern-world  

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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. 

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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 … Continue reading

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Strolling through Beyoglu-Istiklal Caddesi (Old Pera) There are two versions for the origin of the name Beyoglu, which in Turkish means “Son of a Prince”. One version has it that the name stems from that of Alexius Comnenus, son of … Continue reading

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From Romulus & Remus to St. Valentine’s Day

Constantinople had its own distinctive holidays, including some with pre-Christian overtones that lingered well into the Middle Ages. Each new year began with Calends on january 1-4, when residents hung laurel wreaths on doors, held costumed parades, and exchanged gifts.

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From the Nile to the Bosphorus

                                                                                      Myths do travel as long as people wander The Bosphorus, known as the Istanbul Strait is a strait that forms the boundary between the Thrace and Anatolian sections of Turkey. The ancient writers state that the Bosphorus derived its … Continue reading

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Solstice a Cause for Celebration Since Ancient Times

The winter solstice is again upon the Northern Hemisphere, and though the year’s shortest day heralds the onset of winter it also promises the gradual return of the sun after a prolonged period of darkness.

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Museum to devote itself to ‘goddesses’

Academics are pursuing plans to open Turkey’s first museum devoted to “mother goddesses” in the southwestern province of Muğla’s Datça district. http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/museum-to-devote-itself-to-godesses.aspx?pageID=238&nID=24117&NewsCatID=385

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An ancient harbour town nearby Constantinople, Istanbul

Bathonea, a substantial harbor town dating from the second century B.C was discovered in 2007 after a drought lowered the lake’s water table. It has been yielding a trove of relics from the fourth to the sixth centuries A.D., a … Continue reading

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