The history of human
habitation in Anatolia, heartland
of the Turkish
Republic, goes back 25,000 years—an
incredible stretch of time.
The history of Anatolia & Turkey
from 23,000 BC to 1950 AD.
Continuously inhabited by humans for 25,000 years...
Humankind's first temple was built by hunter-gatherers at Göbekli Tepe in southeastern Anatolia even before the invention of agriculture and pottery. More...
The Biblical empire that fought with
The Phrygians under King
Midas gave us embriodery, cymbals,
the musical triangle, and more.
Western civilization started here.
Conquering the world in his early 30s....
To the Romans, Anatolia was the province of Asia
He was from Tarsus, on the Mediterranean
coast, so this was his homeland....
A thousand years of art, culture, religion
and political turmoil.
Omar Khayyam, Mevlana Jelaleddin Rumi,
civil tolerance, constant war, and
From warrior principality to huge
empire and "Sick Man of Europe" in
500 years—not to mention the Orient
A modern democratic state built
on the ruins of a medieval theocratic
Brilliant general, masterful
statesman, social reformer, powerful
advocate of secularism and women's
History of the Middle East in 90 Seconds
Want to see it all in a 90-second Flash
animation? Click here: the history of
the Middle east in 90 seconds!
—by Tom Brosnahan