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Cultural history; history of Ottoman Empire; history of archaeology; classical reception; Ottoman Greeks; archaeological photography
From its earliest days, photography was linked to material remains of the past. Western pioneers of the medium were attracted to photographing Ottoman lands, especially the land of the Pharaohs, and the Holy Land. The Ottomans also seized upon photography themselves, turning the lens upon monuments and artefacts within their own Empire. The literat...
This thesis discusses the Ottoman policies on archaeology in the aftermath of the initiation of the Tanzimat reforms (1839) and until the end of the Ottoman Empire (1923). It explores the activities of the central state, the autonomous Principality of Samos in the Aegean, and the Hellenic Literary Society at Constantinople. Primary and secondary so...
Sismanoglio Megaro is an imposing 19th-century building in the famous Pera district of Istanbul. It is located on the Istiklal Avenue, or the old Grand Rue of Pera, and bears the name of the wealthy Istanbul Greek Konstantinos Sismanoglou who in 1939 donated his family mansion to Greece. Restored in the early 2000s, the Megaro became the residence...
"… the Turks, public servants or soldiers, remained in sum what they’ve always been, Barbarians making a life out of plunder and robbery..." The above statement reveals how one of the finest institutions of Ottoman Greek letters and sciences, the Hellenic Literary Society at Constantinople, described the Turks in a petition to its honorary members,...