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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; New Ed edition (April 28, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520220420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520220423
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An elegantly written account of Turkey's history by one of the greatest living authorities on the subject. . . The historically minded visitor would be well advised to pack this beguiling book." -- British Archaeological News

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"Very well written and very readable, presented with the mastery and wisdom of long and intimate experience. . . . It will awaken and stimulate the interest of lay readers, provide a welcome historical frame that is lacking in most accounts of Anatolian archaeology, and be an instructive and delightful companion for professional scholars."—Crawford H. Greenewalt, Jr., University of California, Berkeley

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I read this book prior to and during a recent trip to Turkey and Greece.
Robyn
This book offers a great way to understand the relationship between the culture(s) and the geography with their interaction throughout the long history of Turkey.
Thomas Brudenell
I wish that it would leave off some of these details, and spend a little more time painting the bigger picture.
Chista Jordan

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Robyn on September 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
I read this book prior to and during a recent trip to Turkey and Greece. Although I have studied this area in art history classes, I was blown away by the breadth and scope of what remains today of ancient civilazxations in this part of the world! This book enabled me to undertand the importance of what is currently still in existence, but what had been there before. Ephesus, following this book, was an a truly incredible experience. This book was exaraordinarily readable as well, not overy text book like. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who desires to know more about Turkey and its very imoprtant place in ancient history as the croos roads of many incredible civilizations.
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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 2001
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Seton Lloyd is known to American public by his commentaries on Public Television documentaries about Turkey. He is a well informed scholar, and trustworthy. Therefore I was offended by the Amsterdam, Holland reviewer who, trying to push his own political agenda, tries to kick dirt on Seton Lloyd. Seton Lloyd writes what is Turkey most famous for: its Greco-Roman, ancient Hittite, and Mesopotanian heritage. Most Americans I know want to go Turkey to see the earliest churches of Christianity, likewise many Europeans enjoy discovering their Christian-Greco-Roman heritage as well. There are a lot of Armenian relics in Turkey, a country with the history of many peoples and cultures. Visitors to those regions know where they are and they go to visit them as well.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Patricia A. Martin on August 12, 2007
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I bought this book as background reading for an upcoming trip to Turkey. It is a comprehensive and well-written overview of ancient history, from the Hittites up through the beginnings of Christianity in what is now Turkey, with context relating to the influence of adjacent areas as needed. It puts things in context and provides maps to help locate cultures and events geographically. I would recommend it for anyone interested in the subject, or reading up for a visit.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patrk71 on April 8, 2009
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Found this book to be a great help in putting the many pieces of History of Turkey and Anatolia over the past 4,500 years. Not a dry academic text, but written for the reader to move through the history of places and peoples. Not a stirring account but very comprehensive. Read this with several books on Turkish ancient history in prep for a 3 week tour of the Western Turkish Ancient sites. This proved a good companion to the Blue Guide of Turkey.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chista Jordan on June 4, 2008
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I picked up this book in preparation for a class trip to Turkey to look at architecture and landscape. I have found it to be exhaustive in details pertaining to archeological discoveries and sequence. I wish that it would leave off some of these details, and spend a little more time painting the bigger picture. The book reads as if you are listening to a one-sided conversation with a very specialized and opinionated professor. It is almost casual in tone, and spends too much time and emotion on issues that don't really aid understanding of the history of Turkey. Having said that, if you can struggle through the dense parts, and keep refering back to the maps, you can get a pretty good idea of the progression and significance of events.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andres Hernandez on May 14, 2006
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The book gives a good introduction to the history of Anatolia up to the time of the early Christian Church. It can seem at times to be a little dry or shallow in its coverage. While it is on some sense a historical account, the author is an archeologist, and the narrative heavily leans on this direction. This is not necesarily bad since I read the book as a prelude to my trip to Turkey, but one should be aware of it before buying the book. All in all, I would recommend buying it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AB on May 25, 2010
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Very detailed summary of human activity in Anatolia since the Stone Age. Written by a British archeologist whose specialty is Mesopotamia and Anatolia. The accompanying maps could be better or at least better indexed.
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By Sheryl Davis on March 3, 2014
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I wish I had looked for the publication date before I bought this book. So much more historical finds have been uncovered since this was written. I wonder if these finds would have affected this history.
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