06 April 2017 19:00 to 21:00
Venue: The Turco British Association - Türk İngiliz Kültür Derneği (Bestekar Sokak No. 32, Kavaklıdere, Ankara. Tel: 0312-4191844)
A BIAA lecture by Prof. Stephen Mitchell
Title: A New History of Byzantine Ankara
The history of Ankara in the Byzantine period has been undeservedly neglected. However, Ankara from AD 300 to 1000 was the most important city of inner Anatolia, and Ankara Kale is the best preserved Byzantine fortress in Turkey. This lecture, based on largely unpublished new evidence from inscriptions, will provide new evidence for the city's fortifications, the city's history before and during the Arab invasions, and insights into its remarkable development as a leading community in the Christian Byzantine Empire up to the Seljuk period.
Professor Stephen Mitchell is chairman of the BIAA. Since 2004 his main research project in Turkey has been the publication of the Greek and Latin inscriptions of Ankara, in collaboration with the former BIAA director, David French. He is the author of Anatolia. Land, Men, and Gods in Asia Minor (2 vols. 1993), and A History of the Later Roman Empire AD 284-641 (2nd edition 2015), which appeared in a Turkish translation published by the Turkish Historical Society in January 2017.