By Geert Mak
Istanbul’s Galata Bridge has spanned the Golden Horn because the 6th century advert, connecting the outdated urban with the extra Western districts to the north. however the bridge is a urban in itself, peopled by way of retailers and petty thieves, travelers and fishermen, and whilst a microcosmic mirrored image of Turkey because the hyperlink among Asia and Europe. Geert Mak introduces us to the lady who sells lottery tickets, the cigarette owners, and the simplest pickpockets in Europe. He tells us concerning the delight of the cobbler and the tea-seller's homesickness. And he describes the position of honor in Turkish tradition, the enticements of fundamentalism and violence, and the urge to outlive, even within the face of melancholy. those tales of the bridge’s denizens are interwoven with vignettes illuminating moments within the historical past of Istanbul and Turkey and laying off gentle on Turkey’s dating with Europe and the West, the Armenian query, the migration from the Turkish geographical region to town, and the dying of the Ottoman Empire.
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Thus, while control of Edessa was critical to the Roman hold on the region, it was no less a key to any westward successes by Rome’s Persian rivals. That Rome was able to pursue its ambitions east of the Euphrates for so long is in large part due to the continued loyalty of the leaders and people of Edessa – a loyalty which may, ironically, have been sealed by the emergence of the powerful Sassanid regime in 226. The Asian empire’s Zoroastrian rulers could be even less tolerant of Christianity than the emperors, and even at this early date Edessa had a sizable Christian community.
Claudius Fronto, whose career inscription lists him as leg. Augg. pr. pr. exercitus legionarii | et auxilior. per Orientem in Armeniam | et Osrhoenam et Anthemusiam ducto | rum, leg. Augg. legioni primae Minervi | ae in exspeditionem Parthicam deducen | dae. 1377 = Dessau 1098, ll. 14–18; cf. Lucian, Hist. Conscr. 21) It was surely Fronto’s armies that besieged Edessa, possibly being admitted to the city by partisans who also helped dispatch the Parthian occupying force (Lucian Hist. Conscr. 12; HA Verus 7).
This event is placed in the Year of Abraham 2130, therefore some 24 years after the death of Abgar in 116. Ma nu is replaced by Wael, the son of Sahru, for a two-year reign beginning in 2154 of the Abrahamic era – this is the only Wael mentioned by the chronicle, and certainly the one who issued the coins in honor of the Parthian king with Syriac inscriptions W L MLK (Chron. Zuq. 125/ 94). The chronicle does not, however, say that Ma nu had died; rather, he ‘went over to Roman territory’ (BT RWMY – Chron.