Cover image for Ancient Turkey : a traveller's history
Ancient Turkey : a traveller's history
Lloyd, Seton.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Berkeley : University of California Press, 1999.

Physical Description:
240 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
General Note:
Previously published under the title: Ancient Turkey, a traveller's history of Anatolia.
Geographic Term:
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
DR431 .L58 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
DR431 .L58 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

On Order



Seton Lloyd's lively account of Turkey's early history is for the ever-increasing number of people visiting the ancient sites of this fabled land. Written by an archaeologist who has spent much of his life in the Near East, the book is not a conventional "guide" to the antiquities of Anatolia, nor is it a textbook. It is instead Lloyd's attempt to share his profound interest in an antique land, its inhabitants, and the surviving monuments that link the present to the past.

Lloyd traces the many different cultures that have been a part of Turkey from prehistoric times to the Christian era. He recounts the exploits of the Hittite kings, the confrontation of Croesus and the Persian king Cyrus, the conquests of Alexander the Great, and Mithridates' epic resistance against Rome. Archaeological landmarks discussed include the discovery of the Alaca H#65533;y#65533;k tombs, the attempts to establish the location of Troy, and the opening of the Tomb of Midas. Lloyd shows how each successive culture has left its mark on an astonishing variety of sites, from the shrines of #65533;atal H#65533;y#65533;k to the temples of Ephesus and the churches founded by St. Paul.

Author Notes

Seton Lloyd was the first Director of the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara, and subsequently Professor of Western Asiatic Archaeology at the University of London. His many books include Foundations in the Dust, Early Anatolia, and The Art of the Ancient Near East .

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

A topographical and historical introduction to Turkey, intended for use by travelers seeking more insight and information on that country than is normally provided by standard guidebooks. The author's survey encompasses a near-totality of ancient Anatolian cultures and civilizations from the prehistoric era to the advent of Christianity. Within that purview, topics of discussion include the Trojan War, the march of the Ten Thousand, the reign of Croesus, and the Macedonian and Roman conquests. The author is well equipped to write such a book: as an archaeologist with 32 years of experience in excavating Near Eastern sites, he knows his way around Anatolia and its history better than most natives. To his credit and the reader's benefit, he imparts his knowledge in the informal, almost chatty tone that only the best and most spellbinding college lecturers dare to adopt. With over 100 photographs, drawings, colorplates, and maps. Notes; index. --Steve Weingartner