In collaboration with the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Embassy of Italy, the Bilkent University Department of History will be holding a panel titled “Cross-Cultural Encounters in Anatolia Between the Byzantines, Persians and Ottomans.”
To take place on December 7 at 2:30 p.m. in the UNAM Conference Hall, the panel will explore the role of Anatolia as place of cross-cultural encounters from the Roman and Byzantine periods to the Ottoman era. Prof. İlber Ortaylı will be the keynote speaker.
Following Prof. Ortaylı’s remarks, a panel of Turkish, Persian and Italian scholars will discuss the importance of Anatolia as a privileged place of interaction at the crossroad of civilizations. Dr. Mehmet Kalpaklı (Bilkent University) will talk about “Caravans of Love on the Roads of Anatolia, From Tabriz to Venice,” while Dr. Ali Kalirad (University of Tehran) will speak on the topic “The Heir of Xerxes or Alexander’s Successor? The Portraits of Mehmet the Conqueror in Two Persian and Greek Chronicles,” and Dr. Luca Zavagno (Bilkent University) will discuss “City Encounters in Byzantine Anatolia Between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages.”