Children of Achilles: The Greeks in Asia Minor since the Days of Troy

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I.B.Tauris, 12 nov. 2009 - 288 páginas
Since the days of Troy historic lands of Asia Minor have been home to Greeks. They are steeped in a rich fusion of Greek and Turkish culture and the histories of both are irrevocably entwined, fatefully connected. Children of Achilles tells the epic and ultimately tragic story of the Greek presence in Anatolia, beginning with the Trojan War and culminating in 1923 with the devastating population exchange that followed the Turkish War of Independence. The once magnificent, now ruined, cities that cluster along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts of Turkey are reminders of a civilization that produced the first Hellenic enlightenment, giving birth to Homer, Herodotus and the first philosophers of nature. For more three millennia the Anatolian Greeks preserved their identity and culture as the tides of history washed over them, enduring conflicts that historians since Herodotus have seen as an unending clash of civilizations between East and West. Today, the memory of the Greek diaspora from Asia Minor lives on in the music of rebetika, the threnodies known as amanadas, and the poetry of Seferis, and even now the descendants of those exiles speak with nostalgia of 'i kath'imas Anatoli' - our own Anatolia, their lost homeland. This, told for the first time, is their story, from glorious beginnings to a bitter end, a story that continues to echo through the ages and across continents.
 

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Índice

1 The Achaeans in Anatolia
1
2 The Great Migration
10
3 The Archaic Renaissance
21
4 The Persian Wars
34
5 Between East and West
42
6 Alexanders Dream
52
7 Alexanders Successors
66
8 Roman Rule and Revelation
81
13 The Latin Occupation
138
14 The Sons of Osman
148
15 The Fall of Byzantium
162
16 The Tide of Conquest Turns
173
17 Tourkokrateia and the Rhomaioi
189
18 Megali Idea and Catastrophia
203
19 Exodus and Diaspora
214
20 Ionian Elegy
224

9 New Rome
93
10 The Age of Justinian
107
11 Medieval Byzantium
118
12 Seljuk Turks and Crusaders
127
Source Notes
235
Bibliography
247
Index
259
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John Freely was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 26, 1926. During World War II, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy. He studied physics at Iona College and New York University and did thermonuclear research at the Forrestal Research Center, Princeton University. In 1960, he took a post teaching theoretical physics at Robert College, Istanbul. He wrote numerous books during his lifetime including Strolling Through Istanbul written with Hilary Sumner-Boyd, Jem Sultan, Storm on Horseback, The Grand Turk, Aladdin's Lamp, Light from the East, and Before Galileo. He died on April 20, 2017 at the age of 90.

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