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This significant contribution to Ottoman heritage is now released in paperback in volumes: the unique unmarried hardback quantity (CUP 1995) has been extensively acclaimed as a landmark within the learn of 1 of the main enduring and influential empires of recent occasions. The authors offer a richly specific account of the social and financial background of the Ottoman zone, from the origins of the Empire round 1300 to the eve of its destruction in the course of international warfare One. The breadth of diversity and the fullness of insurance make those volumes crucial for an knowing of latest advancements in either the center East and the post-Soviet Balkan international.

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5–6: ˆpos. [te©]lav d. Ånam[in –pª toÆv M†gnhtav] kaª toÆv Šllouv Pedie±v. 14 (where, as Welles rightly notes, [kaª Pedi”wn] is certainly too long for the lacuna: RC 6, pp. 41–2, with Pl. 10–19. g. Schuler 1998: 204–7; Debord 1999: 439–41; Bertrand 2005; Mileta 2008: 124–6. See, however, Herz (2001: 419): the term Pedieis in itself carries no ethnic connotations, but is purely descriptive and evaluative. Priene 17, the Prienean Sotas is honoured for having resisted a Galatian incursion with the help of a scratch force, consisting of a group of Prienean citizens and ‘those from the (Prienean) territory who were willing to endanger themselves along with the Prieneans’ (tän ˆp¼ t v cÛrav toÆv [–pi]qu[mžs]antav aÉto±v sugkinduneÅein).

Since the non-Prienean plain-dwellers are here regarded in a positive light, they are designated by the neutral phrase o¬ ˆp¼ t v cÛrav. 15 16 The valley The road which leads from Aydın to S¨oke, the centre of the kaza in which the lower Maeander valley is comprised, follows the foot of the Mesogis for some time, passing between the gardens of orange-, apple- and fig-growers. One remains thus among trees and running waters as far as Kara-bounar [near modern Erbeyli], where one crosses the railway line to turn slightly to the left, towards the middle of the valley.

People today, as in antiquity, choose to live on the right bank of the Maeander: with the single exception of Antioch on the Maeander, the great cities of the middle Maeander valley (Magnesia, Tralles and Nysa; modern Aydın and Nazilli) are all located in the foothills of the Messogis range to the north. Once again, there are geographical factors to encourage this pattern of settlement. On the south flank of the valley, the granite mass of the Carian massif rises sheer out of the Maeander floodplain.

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