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Women in Anatolia: Wives, Mothers, Merchants and Queens for Ten Thousand Years tells of women who lived in the period extending from prehistoric times to the 7th century AD. The book, which endeavors to understand women in the light of scientific data, is an expanded edition of Women in Ancient Anatolia, by the famous archaeologist, Hittitologist and linguist Prof A. Muhibbe Darga.
The work, expanded thanks to new discoveries and guest authors, displays the changes undergone by women from prehistoric times to the Byzantine period and enables us to understand how women from the Colonies, from the Hittite, Urartu, Lycia, Hellenistic and Roman civilizations were regarded in these lands.
This important work may be characterized as a gift to all the women who lived for thousands of years in Anatolia – in a world of fascinating letters, jewelry, clothes, bathing/cooking bowls and traditions – and who were attributed mysterious qualities, whose were empowered, who took an active role beside their husbands and who were recognized by the community for their social activities.
“If new and young readers from every walk of life read with interest and enjoy our book, which has been expanded and written especially for them, if they can comprehend even a little the rich civilization of Anatolia, its fascinating social history and its human relations, they will make me feel immensely happy in the autumn of my professional life. This book was re-written for them!” Prof A. Muhibbe Darga
“Women from the Early Byzantine period, the Colonies, the Hittite, Urartu, Lycia, Lydia, Hellenistic and Roman civilizations, the changes they underwent, their endeavors, desires, ornaments, clothes, houses, ateliers, palaces… Fascinating and inspiring… Just like Muhibbe Darga herself, who introduced this work into our libraries…” Oylum Yılmaz
Prof A. Muhibbe Darga studied archaeology and ancient philology and graduated in 1943 from the Archeology Department, Literature Faculty of the Istanbul University. During this period she studied with leading professors in the field, such as Distinguished Prof Arif Mansel, Prof Dr H. TH. Bossert, Prof Dr E. Bosch, she took part in regional excavations and participated in reconnaissance visits to Anatolia with her teachers. Having completed her undergraduate thesis with Prof Dr H. Th. Bossert, she completed also her graduate thesis and PhD with the same teacher. Through her work on the language of Side, she contributed to the deciphering of this language. She attended many congresses on philology and archaeology In Europe and held presentations. She presented a series of conferences in Turkey and abroad and authored works on women in Anatolia and on Hittite art.
Emine Çaykara is an archaeologist, journalist and writer. She also translated books from French into Turkish. Following her first novel-memoir which was set in the old İstanbul My Angel Mom and I, she penned biographies and wrote Turkish Einstein/ Oktay Sinanoğlu, The Lad(y) of Archeology/ Muhibbe Darga, Polar Star of the Historians/ Halil İnalcık. Her fifth work, The Entrusted Shadow is a book about an unknown Anzac soldier whose camera and photographs were rediscovered 90 years after his death in Gallipoli. She also produced and wrote television program on archaeological studies in Turkey called “Taştaki Sır” [The Mystery in the Stone] for CNNTURK channel and another semi-documentary for Turkish National Television (TRT) called “İstanbullu” [The Istanbulite]. Emine Çaykara continues to pursue her muse in her native city, which provides her with endless inspiration.