In this cultural excursion we will explore literary and artistic highlights of the diverse cultures that have flourished in the concise landmass of ancient Anatolia (modern Turkey) —Paleolithic and Neolithic habitation, Hittites, Amazons, Assyrians, Hebrew Biblical, Troy, Phrygia, Lydia, Lycia, Ionian Greeks, Roman, early Christian, Byzantine, Ottoman. Textbooks provide historical background; and art, architecture, poetry, philosophy, and other writings offer insights into the distinctive qualities that make these cultures memorable and still fascinating. The diverse values and creative expressions show the various ways human societies have addressed issues we still grapple with: gender identity, humans’ place in the world, relationship with the gods, and more. An exciting, illuminating exploration!
Stoneman, Richard. A Traveller's History of Turkey. 5th ed. N.Y: Interlink Pub. Group, 2009. ISBN: 978-1566566-209.
Additional readings will be made available on the course materials link during the semester.
Anatolia: Cauldron of Cultures. Alexandria, VA: Time-Life Books. ISBN 0-8094-9108-7 [Please note: The Anatolia book is out of print but can be found through online, esp. used book sellers]