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Across the Hellespont

Richard Stoneman




A Literary Guide to Turkey

Turkey lies at the crossroads of history. For millennia, Anatolia has been crossed and re-crossed by waves of conquering civilizations - Hittites, Persians, Romans and Ottomans - who have created a country as varied as it is possible to find in the world. With a climate and landscape as diverse as its past, Turkey has provided an alluring and yet sometimes challenging destination for westerners throughout the ages. This, and the hospitality of its people, has ensured that countless visitors, from classical times to the present, have fallen under the spell of Turkey.


Across the Hellespont describes in lively detail the remarkable literature which has inspired for two thousand years. At a time when Turkey's position on the fringe may be set to change to a deeper involvement in Europe, the need for Europeans to understand the country is even more compelling. The range of travel writing represented in this book shows how, while political circumstances may change, the lure of Turkey remains constant.


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