Issue 19, 1999

Forgotten Riches

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James Mellaart looks back on his discovery of the astonishing wall paintings of Çatalhüyük, the world’s first city. Philip Mansel investigates the Ottoman booty of Poland’s kings, and we discover the mosque tiles of Edirne, Safranbolu, a small-town blueprint for living, the drama of Moda Bay in winter, and the tragic fatal flaw of Turkey’s 1999 earthquake. Plus a feast of delectable leeks

Highlights

  • Bringing Back Babylon

    This modest plant grows easily, cooks easily and digests easily. It is also an excellent health giver. The 10th century physician Ibn-Sina (Avicenna) recommends leeks against colds, coughs and unclean air.
    More cookery features

  • The Fatal Flaw

    Norman Stone introduces a special report by rescuers and writers on the August earthquake and its aftermath

  • Eastern Overtures

    War and Peace: Ottoman Relations in the 15th to 19th centuries’, an exhibition at the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, Istanbul, 1999 For 500 years the Polish elite was obsessed with all things Ottoman. Yet a brilliant exhibition celebrating this passion went sadly unnoticed. Philip Mansel reports.

  • James Mellaart: Under the Volcano

    Nine thousand years ago, the plain of Konya was a hive of activity. Before the Mesopotamians, Minoans or Egyptians, the people of Çatalhüyük created one of the first cities known to man. James Mellaart, who unearthed the city and its stunning wall paintings, recalls the stages of a momentous discovery

  • Rhapsody in Blue

    Soon after blue and white ceramic was born in China, it made its first glorious appearance in a mosque in the early Ottoman capital of Edirne. John Carswell unlocks a well-kept secret

  • Safranbolu: A Bourgeois Paradise

    A 20-page celebration of Safranbolu, the perfect small town. The lovingly maintained Mümtazlar Konağı is just one of the many handsome old houses that distinguish the Anatolian market town of Safranbolu. With iron deposits, lush forests and fields growing the valuable saffron croci that gave the town its name, Safranbolu prospered quietly for 1,500 years.

Inside the issue

The Earthquake

  1. The Fatal Flaw
    Reports from volunteers and writers, introduced by Norman Stone
    [extract available online]
  2. Rescue in the Rubble
    Cave rescuers Ross Evans, Paul Holdcroft and Nigel Cooper tell their stories
  3. The Voice that Must be Heard
    A profile of seismologist Aykut Barka,
    by Andrew Finkel
  4. Living in Hope
    Suna Erdem hopes lessons have been learned

Profile

  1. The Brothers Mango
    Historians past and present, by David Barchard
    [extract available online]

Art & Interiors

  1. Rhapsody in Blue
    The glory of Edirne's forgotten tiles,
    by John Carswell
    [extract available online]
  2. Safranbolu
    A Bourgeois Paradise, by Elizabeth Meath Baker
    [extract available online]

Archaeology

  1. Under the Volcano
    James Mellaart looks back on his discovery of the 9,000-year-old wall paintings of Çatalhüyük
    [extract available online]

People & Places

  1. The Whittalls in Winter
    A gentle life in Moda Bay, by Yolande Whittall
  2. Village Voices
    The continuing saga of rural Dereköy,
    by Azize Ethem

Cookery

  1. Bringing Back Babylon
    Leek dishes from the simple to the exotic,
    by Berrin Torolsan

Regulars

  1. Connoisseur
    Eastern Overtures: Poland's Ottoman inheritance, by Philip Mansel
    [extract available online]
  2. Collecting Carpets
    The Rug Bug, by Philippa Scott
  3. Despatches
    Correspondents report from Istanbul, New York, Champaign-Urbana and Sydney
  4. Healing Art
    The fine art restorer Hadice Nalçabasmaz,
    by Elizabeth meath Baker
  5. Travellers' Tales
    Wonders Never Cease: a visit to Halicarnassus, by Ilona Medvedeva
  6. Play it Again Pet
    New Istanbul restaurants and old favourites further afield,
    by Andrew Finkel
  7. Counterpoint
    Dying Days of the Ottoman Harem: Suna Erdem reviews 'Harem Soirée'.
    Swinging Back to the Sixties: the Istanbul Biennial, by Susan Platt.
    Music on the Move: Aisling Fallon on the 11-year-old Ankara-born AyşeDeniz Gökçin, diploma-prize-winner at the Kiev Young Pianists Competition
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