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A Tour Of Central Turkey—Ankara, Konya, Cappadocia I The Great Courses

By Teklu, 15/01/15

Take a tour of Central Turkey and witness the magnificent sites to understand why most are drawn to this beautiful part of Turkey. Professor John R. Hale has partnered with The Great Courses to take you on this magical journey.

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Central Turkey is home to great cities like Ankara and Konya and a region that is unlike any other place on earth, Cappadocia. This area features magnificent architectural sites attesting to ancient civilizations and cultures; extraordinary geological formations; and mysterious cave dwellings and sunken cities. What have archaeologists discovered about the meaning of these sites?

In thanks for being our customer, here is a free video lecture: Central Turkey—Ankara, Konya, Cappadocia, delivered by Professor John R. Hale.

Many people are drawn to central Turkey, especially to see the spectacular landscape of Cappadocia. Here are "fairy chimneys," pillars and spires of basalt; cave dwellings carved into the soft cliffs at Göreme and Zelve, UNESCO sites; and hidden cities underground—at least 40 in all. The complexity and scale of these underground cities have no equal anywhere in the world. Archaeologists estimate that tens of thousands of people lived in these cities.

Dr. Hale is Director of Liberal Studies at the University of Louisville. He completed his undergraduate studies at Yale University and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. During more than 30 years of archaeological field work, Professor Hale has led student and adult tours to many of the sites he has studied, especially in Greece and Turkey. He has carried out studies of ancient oracle sites in Greece and Turkey, including the famed Delphic oracle, and has participated in an undersea search in Greek waters for lost fleets from the Greek and Persian wars.

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