Mapping Two Anatolian Epics: Dede Korkut and Digenis Akritas

Anatolia has been a prominent center in terms of having epics from the Hittites to the Seljuks, the Romans to the Ottomans. These epics are significant in a variety of ways; they essentially display the ways of communication between different cultures and societies alongside their struggle for ultimate and complete domination over Asia Minor. In this sense, two epics emerge to grasp …

The Cost of Being Divided and United: Three Kingdoms’ Period in Korea

For the second part: Make Korea United Again: The Unification of Goryeo (Koryo) in the Medieval Age Introduction Three Kingdoms of Korea is one of the considerable eras in Korean history in terms of its political and economic developments as well as social and cultural exchanges. For about six centuries, there were conflicts between three major powers as Goguryeo, Silla, …

The Multiple Functions of Gift-Giving in the Ottoman World at the time of Suleiman the Magnificent

The Respect for An Ambassador who portrayed ‘Turkish’ Ways of Life: Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq’s “the Turkish Letters” is a substantial document that presents important insights through the sixteenth century of the Ottoman world. Ferdinand I, the Habsburg Emperor, appoints Busbecq as the ambassador in Istanbul for some eight years to solve tensions between the Habsburgs and …

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