- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: LSU Press; Tra edition (June 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807130710
- ISBN-13: 978-0807130711
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Turkish Letters of Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq, Imperial Ambassador at Constantinople, 1554-1562: Translated from the Latin of the Elzevir Edition of 1663 Tra Edition
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Edward Seymour Forster (1879--1950) was a lecturer in classics at the University of Sheffield from 1905 to 1945. He translated a number of Aristotle's works as well as other ancient texts for publication in the Loeb Classical Library series. He also wrote several books, including A Short History of Modern Greece. His translation of The Turkish Letters first appeared in 1927.
Karl A. Roider is a professor of history at Louisiana State University and the author of four books, including Austria's Eastern Question, 1700--1790.
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Ottoman Empire was a source of non-ending curiosity for the European Empires in 16th century, and Busbecq masterfully manages to put his experiences into words.
What makes this book more special than any other travel journals of the time is that it is written by someone from an entirely different culture (also worth mentioning, Austria and Ottoman Empire were at war back then). Busbecqs views and attitude towards the Ottoman Empire also changes in time, while earlier letters are full of surprises for Busbecq, as he travels and spends time in the Empire, he grows fond of it and even shows examples of admiration.
Highly recommended for anyone who is interested in history.