The Brothers Mango

Cyril Mango has long been an authority on Byzantium. Now Andrew Mango has published an important biography of Atatürk. Yet the brothers were brought up in Istanbul between the wars in a pool of European culture barely touched by Turkish politics. They told their story to David Barchard. Portrait by Charles Hopkinson

  • Andrew and Cyril Mango, Oxford, 1998.
    Photograph by Charles Hopkinson

A year or two into the premiership of the late Turgut Özal, sometime in the middle of the 1980’s, the late Adnan Kahveci, then the prime minister’s chief adviser, asked me to give him a selection of books on the Byzantine Empire…
I gathered together about half a dozen leading works on the subject, flagged their best sections, and gave them to him. A week later he rang me.
“The best scholar on Byzantium is obviously Cyril Mango,” he said.

This autumn, scholars of modern Turkey have been feeling something rahter similar about Cyril’s brother Andrew. His biography of Atatürk has been greeted with more or less universal acclaim. It is likely to stand for many decades as a landmark in its field.

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