Introduction to Anatolia
history of Anatolia, the Turkish homeland is simply incredible. The world's oldest
city was discovered, here, at Catal Hoyuk in 7500 BC. The Hittite Empire, little
known in the west, rivaled that of ancient Egypt, and left behind captivating works of
The heartland of classical Hellenic culture is
actually in Turkey, including cities such as Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus ,
Halicarnassus. Most modern Turkish cities have a Roman past and all have a Byzantine one.
The Seljuk Turkish Empire could boast of people like Omar Khayyam and Celaleddin Rumi, the
poet, mystic and founder of the order of Whirling Dervishes. Turkey's history is
astoundingly long, extending for almost 10,000 years.