talking Turkey

Argh, what a horrible pun. So I guess since I have to go to Turkey later this summer, I might as well learn a bit about the place. Here are a couple of links I’ve found, I’ll post some more as I find them.

It seems that a fellow named Mustafa Kemal Ataturk is more or less responsible for modern Turkey. A short bio can be found on a fun, quirky site that I found; a longer and more glowing account of his life–and pictures!– can be found here.

The “Turkey Travel Planner” grapples with the broad spectrum of Anatolian history. If you have no patience with all that clicking, Lonely Planet sums it all up for you on a single page. The Oriental Institute, of course, has the ancient aspects well in hand. Pretty spiffy, huh?

Comments (2) to “talking Turkey”

  1. You don’t sound very excited about going, are yuo going to dig ditches or something?

  2. Pretty much, but they try to make it sound better by calling it “archaeology.” I try not to act too enthusiastic about anything to do with the U. of Chicago, it only encourages them 🙂

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