"The Barbarousnesse of Turkes and Time": Discourses of Travel and History in Seventeenth-century Eastern Travelogues [chapter]

Anders Ingram
2022 On the Way to the "(Un)Known"?  
In all this Country of Greece Icould finde nothingtoanswerthe famousrelations,given by ancient Authors of the excellencyoft hat land, but the name onely; the barbarousnesse of Turkes and Time, havingd efaceda ll the Monuments of Antiquity:N os hew of honour,n o habitation of men in an honest fashion, nor possessours of the Countrey in aP rincipality, But rather prisoners shut up in prison, or addicted slavestocruell and tyrannicall Masters.¹  William Lithgow, The Totall Discourse, Of the rare
more » ... dventures, and painefull Peregrinationsof long nineteene years Travailes from Scotland,tothe most famous Kingdoms in Europe, Asia,and Affrica [...], (London 1640), pp. 71-72.  AnthonyS herley,S ir Antony Sherley his Relation of his Trauels into Persia( London 1613), pp. 6 -7: "We found nothingt oa nswert he famous relations givenb ya ncient Histories of the excellencyo ft hat island, but the name only( the barbarousness of the Turk, and time having defaced all the MonumentsofAntiquity), no shew of splendour, no habitation of men in afashion, nor possessors of the ground in aP rincipality;b ut rather Slavest oC ruel Masters".N ote Lithgow'sa dditions of 'Greece' and 'tyrannicall'.M anyt hanks to Dr Kurosh Meshkat and Dr Eva Johanna Holmbergf or makingm ea wareo ft his connection.
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