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By Peter Thonemann

It is a research of the long term historic geography of Asia Minor, from the fourth century BC to the 13th century advert. utilizing an superb breadth of assets, starting from Byzantine monastic information to Latin poetic texts, historic land files to hagiographic biographies, Peter Thonemann unearths the advanced and engaging interaction among the common atmosphere and human actions within the Maeander valley. either a large-scale nearby historical past and a profound meditation at the position performed by way of geography in human background, this publication is an important contribution to the heritage of the japanese Mediterranean in Graeco-Roman antiquity and the Byzantine heart a while.

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The modern B¨uy¨uk Menderes river need not coincide with any given historical Maeander. As it happens, the B¨uy¨uk Menderes is today believed to rise at roughly the same point as the ancient Maeander, in the vicinity of Dinar, the ancient Apamea-Celaenae. This was not always the case. 44 Upon making inquiries in the vicinity of C¸ardak in the course of his journey of 1826, the Rev. 46 The shifting source of the Maeander reflects changes in the human geography of the region. In antiquity, Apamea was the most significant city in the upper Maeander region, and hence the Maeander was considered to rise at Apamea.

22 We do not know the exact nature of the deal that had been struck between the Greeks of Antioch and the Turkish pastoralists wintering in the Maeander floodplain, but similar seasonal arrangements between town-dwelling Greek farmers and transhumant Turks are attested elsewhere in the lowland Aegean valleys of western Asia Minor at a slightly later date. In ad 1303, the citadel of Sardis in the Hermos valley was under siege by a Turkish raiding-band under a certain Ala¨ıs. After unsuccessful attempts to storm the town, Ala¨ıs offered the inhabitants of Sardis a very remarkable deal.

For the usefulness of dialectics in understanding this process, see Harvey 2009: 230–3. Quine 1950, and see Chapter 8 below, pp. 302–14. 19 20 The valley square miles); it rose in the plain of Aulutrene east of Apamea-Celaenae; on its route westwards to the Aegean, it flowed past the cities of Eumenea, Dionysopolis, Apollonia-Tripolis, Antioch on the Maeander, Nysa, Tralles and Magnesia; between the coastal cities of Miletus and Priene, it crossed a vast delta plain and entered the sea. 43 This definition is chronologically contingent.

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