- x0x New book studies Phrygian sites
* In 'Kral Midas'in Ulkesi: Frigya' (Phrygia: The Land of King
Midas), Ertugrul Algan, a lecturer of communications and
television at Anadolu University in Eskisehir, explores the rich
archaeological sites in Phrygia, the little known region in
Istanbul - Turkish Daily News
In "Kral Midas'in Ulkesi: Frigya" (Phrygia: The Land of King Midas),
Ertugrul Algan explores the archaeological riches in Phrygia, a little
known ancient region in western Anatolia.
Algan's 226-page Turkish language book, illustrated with photos and
maps, has just been published by Esbank T.A.S. An English edition to
the book will soon be out.
The Phrygians were an ancient nomadic people who entered Anatolia from
Thrace around 1200 B.C. and made the swath of territory that now lies
between the cities of Eskisehir, Kutahya, Afyon and Seyitgazi, their
homeland for about 500 years.
They were known for metal works, textiles and headdresses. During the
French revolution, Phrygian head gear was worn by the rebels as a
symbol of protest.
Phrygia has a wealth of ancient monuments, burial mounds, temples,
fortresses, amphitheaters and residential buildings.
The Gordian Knot
Gordium -- the home of the famed Gordian Knot -- was the ancient
capital of Phrygia. The city, located about 60 kilometers east of
Ankara, is now in ruins with the huge tombs of the Phrygian kings.
King Midas, the most famous Phrygian ruler, was a wealthy king known
for his touch, which, according to myths, turned everything into gold,
including his beloved daughter. Another myth gave King Midas donkey's
ears that grew whenever he lied.
Other major Phrygian sites include Midas City, Pessinos, Dorylaeum
(Eskisehir) and Nikolea (Seyitgazi).
Algan, a lecturer in communications and television at Anadolu
University in Eskisehir and a former journalist, said he had written
the book to show his appreciation for the region.
"I hope my book will help stop the destruction of the sites," Algan
told a news conference in Istanbul Wednesday night.
He said more damage was being done to the sites by present day
treasure hunters than during the 1919-1922 Turkish War of Independence
when Turkish and Greek armies fought many bloody battles in the
Algan also took all the pictures in the book. Maps and other
illustrations were prepared by Irfan Ongar and other artists.