A Morning in East Turkey

The Eastern area of modern Turkey is as full of spectacular historical and archaeological sites as the more visited west coast, ranging in time from the Iron Age and the Hellenistic Greeks to medieval Islam. In this fully illustrated course, come and explore one of pre-history’s most important civilisations, centred around the waters of Lake Van: the home of Greek gods at Nemrut Dagh; early Christian sites such as Urfa (Abraham’s birthplace) and the Syriac Monasteries of the SE; medieval trading cities; crusader castles, and some of Islam’s finest early monuments.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introduction. Historical overview. The Kingdom of Urartu, centred on Lake Van. The "Neo-Hittite' states (North Syria, Karatepe and the Phoenicians).
  • Trade with the Greeks (Gordion) – spread of goods to Greek heartland. Greek culture introduced after Alexander the Great. Nemrut Dagh. Early Roman control.
  • Rural Rome in East Turkey. Burial practices. Urfa. Rise of Christianity. Church developments. Syriac Monasteries in the SE
  • 12th and 13th centuries: Ani, great trading city on Silk Road. Rise of the Seljuks. Erzurum; Konya, Castles – Crusaders, Armenian, Islamic. The Ottomans – mosques, Ishak Pasha Palace.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Identify developments in civic and religious architecture in the area studied.
  2. Discuss aspects of the history of the civilisations of East Turkey.
  3. Comment on art historical methodology in the study of ancient artworks.
  4. Discuss the cultural blend that the post-Alexander classical world created.
$92 Limited / $83

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30 Nov

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