Istanbul : A Tale of Three Cities
by Bettany Hughes
✅ Editor: Orion Publishing Co
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From the Koran to Shakespeare, this city with three names – Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul – resonates like an idea and a place and goes beyond its borders – real and imagined.Standing as the bridge between East and West, it was the capital of Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman Empire.For much of its history, it was known simply as the city, but, as Bettany Hughes reveals, Istanbul is not only a city, but a history.In this new epic biography, Hughes takes us on a dazzling historical journey through the many incarnations of one of the world’s largest cities.As the longest longest lasting political entity in Europe, over the last 6,000 years Istanbul has absorbed a mosaic of cultures and micro-cities all around the nucleus.In the last count archaeologists have measured forty-two layers of human habitationPhoenicians, Genoa, Venetians, Jews, Vikings, Azeris called a plot of this land their home.Resulting from meticulous research and new archaeological evidence, this captivating portrait of Istanbul’s memorable life is visceral, immediate and scholarly narrative history at its best.
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