Georgopoulou (ed), Ottoman Athens (2019)

Georgopoulou (ed), Ottoman Athens (2019)
Form of publication

Elizabeth Key Fowden, D. Karidis, G. Tolias, Gulcin Tunali et al, Ottoman Athens, Archaeology, Topography, History Maria Georgopoulou, Konstantinos Thanasakis (eds), (The Gennadius Library, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, The Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, Athens 2019)

Collective work
ISBN 978-960-99945-3-8 hardcover

Although Ottoman studies have flourished significantly over the last decades, the Ottoman past of today's Greece remains little examined. Partially due to the lack of primary sources, or, as modern scholarship shows, the lack of known and well-preserved and catalogued sources, knowledge of many aspects of the Ottoman presence in the Greek territory, including architecture, administration, and everyday life, is scarce. Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, the Ottoman past had been systematically neglected. Traditional historiography of the 19th and early 20th centuries associated the Ottoman occupation with mere vandalism and perceived the Ottoman centuries as the dark ages of "Greece." Despite the attempts of several scholars to disentangle Ottoman history from such approaches, it is only very recently that the field has shifted towards a new and more concrete understanding of the Ottoman centuries. Instead of considering the Ottoman past as alien, modern scholars capable of conducting research in both Greece and Turkey focus on continuities and try to make sense of the Ottoman administration in today's Greece, outside ideologically biased perceptions. [...] (From the publisher)

Contrents: Contributors. Foreword, Panagiotis C. Laskaridis. Acknowledgements, Maria Georgopoulou. List of Illustrations. Introduction, Maria Georgopoulou and Konstantinos Thanasakis.

The Ruined City Restored: Athens and the Fabric of Greece in Renaissance Geography by George Tolias. Reconsidering Documents about Athens under Ottoman Rule: The Vienna Anonymous and the Bassano Drawing by Tasos Tanoulas. The Parthenon Mosque, King Solomon, and the Greek Sages by Elizabeth Key Fowden. An 18th-century Take on Ancient Greece: Mahmud Efendi and the Creation of the Tarih-i Medinetu'l-Hukema by Gulcin Tunali. The Neighborhood of Karykes and the Fountain of the Exechoron by Dimitris N. Karidis. The Restoration of the Benizelos Mansion: The Sole Preserved Athenian Residence of the Ottoman Era by Yannis Kizis. Documenting the Ottoman Baths of Athens: A Study on Topography by Eleni I. Kanetaki. Travelers’ Narratives Describing the Hammams of Athens by Aliki Asvesta and Ioli Vingopoulou. Broken Pots from Ottoman Athens: A New View from the Agora Excavations by Joanita Vroom. Putting Athens on the Ottoman Map: Preliminary Observations by Katerina Stathi. Early 19th-century Athens, the Great Powers, and the Parthenon Sculptures by Elena Korka and Seyyed Mohammad Taghi Shariat-Panahi. Revolutionary Athens through Ottoman Eyes (1821–1828): New Evidence from the Ottoman State Archives by H. Şükrü Ilıcak. Archival Sources. Bibliography

Key words
Acropolis of Athens.
Archaeological finds.
Early Ottoman period.
Evliya Çelebi.
Gennadius Library, Athens / The Gennadius Library.
Greek War of Independence, 1821.
House, family.
House, houses.
Illegal antiquities trade.
Late Ottoman period.
Middle Ottoman period.
Ottoman monuments.
Ottoman period.
Ottoman sources.
Ottoman Turks.
Philothei Benizelou, saint.
Travelers’ accounts.