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A Newly Read Inscription On The Walls Of Antalya, Turkey

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This chapter employs a Seljuk inscription from the walls of Antalya, Turkey in order to examine one instance of what Oleg Grabar has described as ??the continuity of a relationship between writing and the formal expression of government and of power?? An inscription on the walls of a city recently reconquered by an Islamic monarch from a rebellious Christian populace seems particularly well suited to an analysis of the nexus of form, content, and context implicit in the continuity proposed by Professor Grabar. One of the Turkish authors mentions another inscription on the adjacent tower of the citadel wall but does not translate or give other information about it. Two recent publications reproduce photographs of this second inscription but also do not translate it. It is located on what was once the second tower of the citadel wall as it descended towards the harbor from the land walls of Antalya.

Keywords: citadel wall; Islamic monarch; Oleg Grabar; Seljuk inscription; Turkey; walls of Antalya



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