Turkey 500 BCE

For centuries a leading centre of civilization, Asia Minor is now part of the Persian empire.

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What is happening in Turkey in 500BCE

Since 1000 BCE Asia Minor has been the scene of competing kingdoms and empires for the past few centuries, but its strategic location for trade, as well as its mineral deposits, have enabled its cities to grow wealthy. The kingdoms of Phrygia and Lydia, with their legendary kings Midas and Croessus, were fabled for their riches.

The culture of western Asia Minor was heavily influenced by the Greek cities on the coast, amongst the leading centres of Greek civilization. The cultural transmission between the Asia Minor and Greece has not been all one way, however. The kingdom of Lydia originated metal coinage, which spread from there to the Greeks.

The whole of Asia Minor has now fallen under the dominion of the mighty Persian empire, and will remain so, on and off, for the next couple of centuries before falling to new conquerors.

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