The King Road, major commercial road in Anatolia until the appearance of
streches from the west of Anatolia
to Persia making the capital of Lydia one of the richest towns on earth with
treasures of gold and silver. Lydian kings mint the first pure
gold and silver coins in history.
Gordion, their capital where the Great Alexandre
cut the legendary Gordion knot to gain the key to Asia, is an affluent center
King Road. According to the legend, Midas, their famous king,
turned to gold everything he touched.
Mysterious Lician tombs carved in the rocky hills of the southern coast
and tombs in the sea are great work of funeral art.
King Mausolus's tomb, built by his sister who is also his wife,
was one of the seven Wonders of the World.
Autonomous cities of the Ionian federation are along the west coast of Anatolia.
Their fleets carried to different ports of the Mediterranean the luxurious
goods produced in this region: pottery, fine fabrics, carpets, furniture,
metal objects, precious metals...
The citizens of this colony are intellectually more advanced than the ones
in Greece and the islands.
Many historical characters such as Homeros, Thales, the famous mathemetician,
Herodotus, the historian, Diogenes, the famous philosoph, Eusope, famous author
either live or have born in Anatolia. Platon and Aristotle lived for a while
in a small town close to Troy.
In mount Ida (Kaz) that, according to mythology, Paris gave the golden apple to
Aphrodite as the winner of the first beauty contest ever held.
Persians, coming from the East, invaded Anatolia and marched to conquer
Greece but were defeated by the Greeks.
Persians hold possesion of Anatolia for two
The greek emperor Great Alexander with the desire of conquering the East
sweeps the Persian Empire out of the Anatolian peninsula in 300 B.C.
Their dominance will last until the Roman invasion.
During this period, the temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the
World is built in Ephesus.
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