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Gordium was probably the capital of Meshech. It was located where the Royal Road of Persian Kings crossed the Sangarius River.
Excavations in the last forty years indicate that it was occupied as early as the third millennium B.C. Between 2000 and 1200 B.C. the city was an important Hittite.. The city became even more active when Phrygians settled there beginning in the 9th century; it reached its highest prosperity under them in the 8th century. By 690 Cimmerians had invaded the area and destroyed the city. Lydians repaired the city, but in 547-546 Cyrus and his army destroyed it again. Under the Persians, however, it regained its place as a commercial and military center.
Alexander the Great in 333 BC. cut the famous Gordian knot and took the city out of Persian control, but then in 278 BC it was destroyed by the Gauls. By 200 A.D. the city was completely deserted.
17th and 16th century B.C. Hittite graves have been excavated and some of their contents are to be seen at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara.
In Gordium itself there are almost a hundred tumulus graves of notables who lived and died between Phrygian and Galatian times.
The largest tumulus has been identified as that belonging to King Midas. It still contains some wooden furniture probably from his palace. Midas in Assyrian records is a Mushki; in Greek references he is a Phrygian. Perhaps he was both, or maybe they were one and the same. Most of the finds from the tumuli are in the Ankara museum for safe - keeping. Those include furniture decorated with ivory inlay , wooden statues, vases, bronze cauldrons, silver and gold jewelry, and images of Cybele, the Mother Goddess, used in religious ceremonies. In the Phrygian palaces and public buildings are the earliest examples known in Anatolia of decorative geometric patterns made with colored pebbles. The mosaic technique suggests that the artists may have been familiar with weaving or with basketry.
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Polatli Off The Beaten Path
Honestly, until I went to Polatli, I never realized how close the Greeks made it to Ankara. No sites have translations into any language, but you only need to know that Yunanistanli is Greek and the Turks won. There are 2 sites in Polatli, one ın the middle of town where the fameous pıcture of K.M. Ataturk was taken while he smoked on a ridge under fire. The second is maybe 2 K out of town, on the way to GordionRelated to:
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