By John Freely
The as soon as terrific, now ruined, towns that cluster alongside the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts of Turkey are reminders of a civilization that produced the 1st Hellenic enlightenment, giving delivery to Homer, Herodotus, and the 1st philosophers of nature. John Freely brings this fantastic civilization to existence as he recounts the epic tragedy of the Greeks in Anatolia, beginning with the Trojan warfare and culminating with the interval after the Turkish battle of Independence. For historical past buffs, tourists, and an individual drawn to Greek tradition, Freely’s firsthand adventure of this tradition and sector coupled together with his ardour for storytelling are a profitable blend.
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After Darius succeeded to the Persian throne in 521 BC he divided his vast realm up into a score of satrapies, or provinces, each headed by a governor known as a satrap. Most of the Greeks were in two of these satrapies, namely Phrygia, which comprised north-western Anatolia, and Lydia, which included Ionia, Caria, Lycia and Pamphylia. The satrap of Lydia had his headquarters in Sardis and the governor of Phrygia was based in Dascylium. The satraps of Phrygia and Lydia appointed citizens of the Greek cities to govern their own people as tyrants.
His custom each year was to invade Milesian territory when the crops were ripe, marching in to the music of pipes, harps and treble and tenor oboes. On arrival he never destroyed or burned the houses in the country, or pulled their doors off, but left them unmolested. He would merely destroy the trees and crops, and then retire… The Lydians refrained from demolishing houses in order that the Milesians, having somewhere to live, might continue to work the land and sow their seed, with the result that they themselves would have something to plunder each time they invaded their country.
1400–1200 BC. According to tradition, the first Dorian settlers were Argives from the Peloponnesos, who arrived in the ninth century BC. The Argives encountered fierce resistance from the local Carian inhabitants and they were forced to call on the Milesians for help, as a result of which Iasus become Ionian rather than Dorian. The Dorians on Rhodes acquired territory on the Anatolian mainland opposite their island, a region know as the Rhodian Peraea, which extended from Caria into Lycia, the region on the western Mediterranean coast of Anatolia and its hinterland.
Children of Achilles: The Greeks in Asia Minor since the Days of Troy by John Freely