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Life as well as court ceremonial and Istanbul The Epubintrigue The book also includes a comprehensive gazetteer of all major monuments and museums An in dep. Objectively this book is kind of boring I picked this book up because I find Istanbul enchanting and I enjoyed the portions of this book that focus on the growth and development of the city and its landmarks enough to like the book as a whole But that really isn t the book s focus Instead Freely focuses on the long and violent parade of emperors and empresses that ruled the empires centered there While these rulers records brutality and duplicity makes the Song of Fire and Ice series look tame a straightforward catalog of people betraying and killing family members actually grew dry

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Istanbul The Imperial City

Istanbul's history is a catalogue of change not least of name yet it has managed to retain its own uniue identity John Freely captures the flavour of daily. It s already a part of tradition that I always find and buy a book about the places I visit fortunately Istanbul have not one but two excellent english bookshops in the central area same owner that cater for tourists visitors and diplomats there is a nice selection of books about Turkey and Islam in english so I selected Istanbul the imperial city by John Freely as my first introduction to this beautiful and exciting city since I don t know much about its history except basic informationsSo far I am really enjoying it not too much space was focused on early settlers but very soon author moves on to explain it greeks and roman roots that have left much traces than people who lived here before Right now I am at the Chapter 12 and romans are in full swing lots of interesting and brutal anecdotes about emperors being killed by mobs and ueen mothers having their tongues sliced noses cut off and such stories

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Th study of this legendary city through its many different ages from its earliest foundation to the present day the perfect traveller's companion and guide.. I bought this book on the road back from Istanbul a city I enjoyed very much during a week long visit Istanbul The Imperial City by John Freely is exactly what I should have been reading before visiting it is a history of the city sprinkled with descriptions of the buildings and landmarks still visible at the middle of the 1990s We are also given excerpts from some of the most important writings on the topic of Istanbul especially from the old writsIn active somewhat repetitive prose Freely exposes the two and a half millenia of the wonderful city of the Golden Horn Istanbul or Constantinople or Byzantium Founded by the colonist Byzas of Megara around 660BC Byzantium made use of advanced military engineering to protect itself for centuries from a large number of wannabe conuerors Persians Thracians Scytes Macedonians Athenians etc It is early in its history the Byzantium inaugurated its infamous treasonou


10 thoughts on “Istanbul The Imperial City

  1. says:

    Yowzer I thought it was hard to memorize the Presidents of the United States It would be uite an accomplishment to memorize all of the rulers of Istanbul I finally abandoned the book about halfway through I am sure that it is an accurate listing of who ruled when what architectural feats they accomplished what major battles they fought in whose eyes they gouged out but it to me was a mind numbing whirl of facts and figures none of which we

  2. says:

    Somehow managed to have at least a seven year gap between starting and finishing thisWriting a history of a city that has been an imperial hub for what 1700 years is always going to be difficult in that the history of the empires and the history of the city blend into one another The Byzantine Empire was saved countless ti

  3. says:

    It's already a part of tradition that I always find and buy a book about the places I visit fortunately Istanbul have not one but two excellent english bookshops in the central area same owner that cater for tourists visitors and diplomats there is a nice selection of books about Turkey and Islam in english so I selected Istanbul the imperi

  4. says:

    Objectively this book is kind of boring I picked this book up because I find Istanbul enchanting and I enjoyed the portions of this book that focus on the growth and development of the city and its landmarks enough to like the book as a whole But that really isn't the book's focus Instead Freely focuses on the long and violent parade of emperors and empresses that ruled the empires centered there While these rulers' records brutality and

  5. says:

    Not that good it's like a long list of names of who got murdered for control of the city with the occasional anec

  6. says:

    This is a book I enjoyed readingWith my general love of history the author introduced me to pre Ottoman Istanbul which revealed to me along w

  7. says:

    John Freely's reference book can be identified as tale of three cities Byzantium Constantinople and İstanbul This lyric tale which attracts the reader from the very first page just starting with ethymological roots of İstanbul stin poli ie to the city 'no other name is needed to identify it' as Freely beautifully poin

  8. says:

    I bought this book on the road back from Istanbul a city I enjoyed very much during a week long visit Istanbul The Imperial City by John Freely is exactly what I should have been reading before visiting it is a history of t

  9. says:

    This book about ByzantiumConstantinopleIstanbul by the American teacher John Freely is a curious read It purports to be a chronological history of the city yet is in fact mostly a string of anecdotes about the doings of its sometime rulers interspersed with the odd undigested gobbet of political history It has none of t

  10. says:

    Too many facts to really digest by reading it through but lots of information for someone visiting Istanbul that provides a significant depth of knowledgeI would have rated it lower if I had to read it all in one sitting probably too overwhelming for that but if you spread it out you can see patterns and understand the flow of the city