By John Freely

because the days of Troy old lands of Asia Minor were domestic to Greeks. they're steeped in a wealthy fusion of Greek and Turkish tradition and the histories of either are irrevocably entwined, fatefully attached. youngsters of Achilles tells the epic and eventually tragic tale of the Greek presence in Anatolia, starting with the Trojan battle and culminating in 1923 with the devastating inhabitants trade that the Turkish battle of Independence. The as soon as remarkable, now ruined, towns that cluster alongside the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts of Turkey are reminders of a civilization that produced the 1st Hellenic enlightenment, giving start to Homer, Herodotus and the 1st philosophers of nature. For extra 3 millennia the Anatolian Greeks preserved their identification and tradition because the tides of heritage washed over them, enduring conflicts that historians considering Herodotus have visible as an endless conflict of civilizations among East and West. this present day, the reminiscence of the Greek diaspora from Asia Minor lives on within the tune of rebetika, the threnodies often called amanadas, and the poetry of Seferis, or even now the descendants of these exiles communicate with nostalgia of 'i kath'imas Anatoli' - our personal Anatolia, their misplaced native land. This, advised for the 1st time, is their tale, from excellent beginnings to a sour finish, a narrative that maintains to echo throughout the a long time and throughout continents.

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