New Books

Rebuilding Babel : modern architecture and internationalism

  • Publisher: I.B. Tauris
  • Author(s): Mark Crinson

Much of modernist architecture was inspired by the emergence of internationalism: the ethics and politics of world peace, justice and unity through global collaboration. Mark Crinson here shows how the ideals represented by the Tower of Babel – built, so the story goes, by people united by one language – were effectively adapted by internationalist architecture, its styles and practices, in the modern period. Focusing particularly on the points of convergence between modernist and internationalist trends in the 1920s, and again in the immediate post-war years, he underlines how such architecture utilised the themes of a cooperative community of builders and a common language of forms.


Special Collections

The Anthony Bryer Special Collection

Anthony Bryer (1937-2016), late Emeritus Professor of Byzantine history at Birmingham University, wrote his doctorate thesis on The Empire of Trebizond (1204-1461) at Balliol College, University of Oxford. He held fellowships at Athens University, Dumbarton Oaks and Merton College, Oxford.  He was the founder and long-serving first director of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham (1976 – 1994). In 1975, he also established “Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies”, now a leading journal in the field. His publications included “The Byzantine Monuments and Topography of the Pontos”, “Peoples and settlement in Anatolia and the Caucasus, 800-1900”, “The post-Byzantine monuments of the Pontos: a source book” and several articles. Bryer acted as chairman of the British committee of the International Association of Byzantine Studies (1989-95) and served as director at British Institute at Ankara (1996-2000).


Anthony Bryer, one of the doyens of research on Anatolian Civilizations, donated to the ANAMED Library of Koç University just before his death in late 2016, a collection of 15 journals and book series, including Eastern Churches Review, Byzantinoslavica: International Journal of Byzantine Studies, Byzantion, Revue Internationale des Etudes Byzantines, Petits Propos Culinaires: Essays and Notes to do with Food, Cookery and Cookery Books, Revues des Études Byzantines, Sobornost, Transaction of Royal Historical Society, composed of approximately 500 volumes, which further enriches the library, especially in the area of ​​Byzantine Studies.


For our librarians’ take on the collection and Anthony Bryer himself, please see ANAMED Library Branch Librarian Naz Özkan and NIT Library Branch Librarian İrem Ünal’s blogposts (in Turkish).

The Slobodan Ćurčić Colleciton

Slobodan Ćurčić is an Emeritus Professor at Princeton University. He holds a PhD from New York University, and is a renowned expert on late antique and Byzantine art and architecture. He led many archaeological excavations in former Yugoslavia, Italy, Greece, and Cyprus. He is the author of numerous books and articles. His many books include Art and Architecture in the Balkans: An Annotated Bibliography (1984), The Twilight of Byzantium (with co-editor D. Mouriki, 1991), and Middle Byzantine Architecture on Cyprus: Provincial or Regional (2000).


Professor Ćurčić donated to the ANAMED Library a collection of 276 books that consists mostly of works on Byzantine art and architecture.

Fellow Publications

Müslüman Osmanlı Toplumunda Arzu ve Aşk :1500-1900

  • Publisher: Kitap Kitabevi
  • Author(s): Dror Ze'evi
  • Translated By: Fethi Aytuna

Büyük Evlenme adlı oyunun eğlenceli bir yerinde, ince dümenleri her zamanki gibi ters giden Karagöz, kendisinin damat olacağı bir düğün tertiplemek isteyen bir grup kadınla karşılaşır. Muhataplarını tanımayan kadınlar, ona Karagöz hakkında ayrıntılar sorarlar. Kadınları bu düğünden caydırmaya çalışan Karagöz, "O hırsızdır" der. Kadınlar "Biz de hırsızız" diye cevap verirler. Karagöz, "Her gece Beyoğlu'nda gezer" der. Kadınlar "Aman ne iyi, biz de gezeriz" diye karşılık verirler. "Hamamdan çıkmaz." "Aa, demek ki temiz adam." Çileden çıkan Karagöz sonunda, "Mahbûb-dosttur" [Oğlancıdır] der. Kadınlar "Biz de zen-dostuz" [Biz de seviciyiz] deyince şaşkınlıktan Karagöz'ün ağzı açık kalır. Modern öncesi Ortadoğu'daki cinsel söylem, bu Karagöz oyununda da görüldüğü gibi, şaşırtıcı derecede açık sözlüydü.


Byzantium and the Turks in the Thirteenth Century

  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Author(s): Dimitri Korobeinikov
  • Editor(s): Hilary O'Shea, Annie Rose, Kizzy Taylor-Richelieu

At the beginning of the thirteenth century Byzantium was still one of the most influential states in the eastern Mediterranean, possessing two-thirds of the Balkans and almost half of Asia Minor. After the capture of Constantinople in 1204 during the Fourth Crusade, the most prominent and successful of the Greek rump states was the Empire of Nicaea, which managed to re-capture the city in 1261 and restore Byzantium. The Nicaean Empire, like Byzantium of the Komnenoi and Angeloi of the twelfth century, went on to gain dominant influence over the Seljukid Sultanate of Rum in the 1250s.



Guide to Greek Civilization: Overview

KU faculty and students of relevant departments, as well as ANAMED’s and AKMED’s fellow researchers have a keen interest in matters related to Greek civilization, which creates the necessity for a wide variety of resources and tools. Suna Kıraç, ANAMED, and AKMED Libraries try to provide these resources and tools to the researchers. Created by SKL Reference Librarian Vasiliki Mole, this Lib Guide is complementary to the Libraries’ collection that will assist those interested with their research and will further support their knowledge on the subject.

Ancient Civilizations of Anatolia

General information about history and periods of Anatolia and its ancient civilizations.

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