Old Asia Minor is a geographical area situated in the south-western component of Asia consisting of the majority of what is contemporary Turkey. The earliest referral to the area originates from tablet computers of the Akkadian Empire (2334-2083 BCE) where it is referred to as "The Land of the Hatti" as well as was occupied by the Hittites.

The Hittites themselves described the land as "Assuwa" (or, previously, Aswiya) which in fact just assigned the location around the delta of the river Cayster however happened put on the whole area. Assuwa is thought about the Bronze Age beginning for the name "Asia" as the Romans later on marked the location. It was called, by the Greeks, "Anatolia" (actually, "location of the increasing sunlight", for those lands to the eastern of Greece).

Call & Regions

The name "Asia Minor" (from the Greek "Mikra Asia" - Little Asia) was very first created by the Christian chronicler Orosius (c. 375-418 CE) in his job 7 Publications of Background Versus the Pagans in 400 CE to set apart the primary of Asia from that area which had actually been evangelized by Paul the Apostle (that included websites recognized from Paul"s Epistles in the Holy bible such as Ephesus and also Galatia). The Oriental Realm of the 9th century CE described the area as "East Thema" which indicated, merely, Eastern Administrative Department, and also later on seafarers called it "The Levant" which implied "the climbing" or "to increase" describing just how the land rose out coming up of the sea.

In the old globe, Asia Minor was the seat of the kingdoms as well as cities of:

Famous Sites & Individuals

The success as well as innovations of individuals of Asia Minor are large as well as make up a brochure of several of one of the most popular individuals, areas, as well as occasions in old background. According to the chronicler Philo of Byzantium (creating in 225 BCE) as well as later on authors, Asia Minor was the website of 2 of the 7 Marvels of the Old Globe: The Holy Place of Artemis at Ephesus (around Ionia) and also the Burial Place of Mauslos at Halicarnassus (additionally referred to as The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, in Caria). In the city of Miletus, in Ionia, the initial western thinker Thales, and also his fans Anaximander and also Anaximenes, looked for the First Reason of presence, the issue which brought to life all points, and also launched clinical questions as well as technique. Herodotus, the "Daddy of Background" was birthed at Halicarnassus. The fantastic theorist as well as mathematician Pythagoras was born upon the island of Samos and also Heraclitus, an additional vital number of Greek viewpoint, at Ephesus, where he composed as well as lived. Cilicia consisted of the city of Tarsus where the Apostle Paul was birthed, an area recognized for its experience in camping tent production, which was Paul"s job.


In between 1250 as well as 1200 BCE the Sea Peoples got into southern, making attacks right into Greece, bothering Egypt, as well as lastly driving the Hittites from the area of Assuwa. The Sea Peoples did not continue to be to conquer the location, nevertheless (a minimum of not to any kind of vital level) as well as ultimately carried on to work out, partly, to the south in Canaan. Greek homesteaders, mostly from Athens as well as bordering Attica, worked out the shoreline of Asia Minor from the Mediterranean as much as the Black Sea. It was these Ionian nests which, sustained as well as moneyed by Athens as well as Eretria, climbed in rebellion when the location came under Persian control, prompting the rage of the Persian king Darius I as well as the initial intrusion of Greece in 490 BCE which was driven away at the Fight of Marathon.