Chapter 1 of this research concentrates on the discovery of Troy. Chapter 2 shifts to the Ottoman perspective on the developments in Troy and deals with the intellectual climate of the late Ottoman Empire. Chapter 3 discusses the Ottoman involvement in the archaeology of Troy during the early 1880s and the repeating clashes between Ottoman authorities and Schliemann. Chapter 4 deals with the interest in Homer, Homeric epics and Troy in Ottoman Turkish literature. The final chapter deals with the Ottoman interest in the excavations in Troy between 1885 and 1915 and the changing attitudes towards Troy and Homer during the Great War with the Battle of Gallipoli as the culminating point.
Although much more research needs to be done before we really get a thorough understanding of the Ottoman perspective, I hope this study will offer some insight into the Ottoman-Turkish attitudes towards and perceptions of Troy and Homeric heritage and the interactions with western archaeological claims.
Thesis (complete) (Embargo until 13 November 2017)
Preface & Acknowledgements (Embargo until 13 November 2017)
Introduction (Embargo until 13 November 2017)
I. The Discovery of Troy: Schliemann and the Ottomans in the 1870s (Embargo until 13 November 2017)
II. Classical antiquities and Ottoman patrimony: Muslim elite and their involvement with classical civilization (Embargo until 13 November 2017)
III. A closer watch on Schliemann (1882-1885) (Embargo until 13 November 2017)
IV. Homer and Troy in Ottoman literature: an overview (Embargo until 13 November 2017)
V. Homer and Troy during the final years of the Empire (Embargo until 13 November 2017)
Epilogue of an Empire (Embargo until 13 November 2017)
Manuscript sources (Embargo until 13 November 2017)
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