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Homer, Troy and the Turks

Heritage and Identity in the Late Ottoman Empire, 1870-1915

Günay Uslu

220 pages
Amsterdam University Press
Homer's stories of Troy are part of the foundations of Western culture. What's less well known is that they also inspired Ottoman-Turkish cultural traditions. Yet even with all the historical and archaeological research into Homer and Troy, most scholars today rely heavily on Western sources, giving Ottoman work in the field short shrift. This book helps right that balance, exploring Ottoman-Turkish involvement and interest in the subject between 1870, when Heinrich Schliemann began his excavations in search of Troy on Ottoman soil, and the battle of Gallipoli in 1915, which gave the Turks their own version of the heroic epic of Troy.
Author Bio
Besides lecturing on European Culture, Heritage, Museum Studies and Cultural Policy at University of Amsterdam, Dr. Gunay Uslu also works as a consultant on cultural projects and curates exhibitions for various Amsterdam museums in conjunction with other international institutions.