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Istanbul : the imperial city
Freely, John.
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Publication Information:
London ; New York : Penguin Books, 1998.

Physical Description:
xvii, 414 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 20 cm
General Note:
"First published by Viking 1996."--T.p. verso.
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DR728 .F74 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The Greek colony of Byzantium was transformed into Christian Constantinople in AD330 and became Islamic Istanbul after the Turkish conquest of 1453. Yet despite a succession of sackings, riots and earthquakes, it always managed to retain its unique atmosphere and appeal. For over 2000 years travellers have come, been dazzled by and taken home tales of its marvels and mysteries, its debaucheries and delights. John Freely tells the story of the city from its foundation to the present day, brilliantly capturing the flavour of daily life as well as court ceremonial and intrigue. He also includes a comprehensive gazetteer of all major monuments and museums.

Author Notes

John Freely was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 26, 1926. During World War II, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy. He studied physics at Iona College and New York University and did thermonuclear research at the Forrestal Research Center, Princeton University. In 1960, he took a post teaching theoretical physics at Robert College, Istanbul. He wrote numerous books during his lifetime including Strolling Through Istanbul written with Hilary Sumner-Boyd, Jem Sultan, Storm on Horseback, The Grand Turk, Aladdin's Lamp, Light from the East, and Before Galileo. He died on April 20, 2017 at the age of 90.

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