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By John Freely

The as soon as marvelous, now ruined, towns that cluster alongside the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts of Turkey are reminders of a civilization that produced the 1st Hellenic enlightenment, giving delivery to Homer, Herodotus, and the 1st philosophers of nature. John Freely brings this very good civilization to lifestyles as he recounts the epic tragedy of the Greeks in Anatolia, beginning with the Trojan conflict and culminating with the interval after the Turkish warfare of Independence. For historical past buffs, tourists, and a person drawn to Greek tradition, Freely’s firsthand event of this tradition and quarter coupled together with his ardour for storytelling are a profitable mixture.

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According to the anonymous author of a curious work called The Contest of Homer and Hesiod: ‘But as for Homer, you might almost say that every city with its inhabitants claims him as her son. ’ During the archaic period the Greek cities on the western coast of Asia Minor and the nearby Aegean isles gave birth to the world’s first philosophers of nature, as well as lyric poets, geographers, architects and historians, the flowering of a renaissance that had begun during the previous century with the epics of Homer.

According to the anonymous author of a curious work called The Contest of Homer and Hesiod: ‘But as for Homer, you might almost say that every city with its inhabitants claims him as her son. ’ During the archaic period the Greek cities on the western coast of Asia Minor and the nearby Aegean isles gave birth to the world’s first philosophers of nature, as well as lyric poets, geographers, architects and historians, the flowering of a renaissance that had begun during the previous century with the epics of Homer.

Anaximander is also credited with books on astronomy, in which he is said to have used the gnomon, or shadow-stick, to determine ‘solstices, times, seasons and equinoxes’, as well as a work on geography in which he was the first to draw a map of the oecumenos, the inhabited world. Hecataeus of Miletus, who flourished ca. 500 BC, is credited with following the lead of Anaximander in drawing a map of the world known to the Greeks. As a supplement to his map he also wrote a Periegesis, a 26 CHILDREN OF ACHILLES ‘guide’ or ‘journey around the world’, in which he described the lands and peoples to be seen in a coastal voyage around the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, along with some excursions inland, ranging as far as Scythia, Persia and India.

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