Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities

Non-Fiction, History & Politics, European History
Paperback Published on: 28/12/2017
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Istanbul has always been a place where stories and histories collide and crackle, where the idea is as potent as the historical fact.

From the Qu'ran to Shakespeare, this city with three names - Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul - resonates as an idea and a place, and overspills its boundaries - real and imagined. Standing as the gateway between the East and West, it has served as the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman Empires.

For much of its history it was known simply as The City, but, as Bettany Hughes reveals, Istanbul is not just a city, but a story. In this epic new biography, Hughes takes us on a dazzling historical journey through the many incarnations of one of the world's greatest cities. As the longest-lived political entity in Europe, over the last 6,000 years Istanbul has absorbed a mosaic of micro-cities and cultures all gathering around the core. At the latest count archaeologists have measured forty-two human habitation layers. Phoenicians, Genoese, Venetians, Jews, Vikings, Azeris all called a patch of this earth their home.

Based on meticulous research and new archaeological evidence, this captivating portrait of the momentous life of Istanbul is visceral, immediate and scholarly narrative history at its finest.

An award-winning historian and a specialist in ancient and medieval history and culture, Dr. Bettany Hughes is the author of Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore and The Hemlock Cup, Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life.

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9781780224732
  • Number of pages: 832
  • Weight: 640g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 54 mm

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Hughes is a magician.
Bettany Hughes is a magician. After reading her book I went to Istanbul and I saw characters from history whiling around me like Dervishes. Awesome, amazi... READ MORE
Joe Eshwar