Author(s): Brian Sewell
Weary of the tyranny of Western European art, Brian Sewell first visited Turkey in 1975. Delighted by the unexpected wealth of Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Islamitic cultures there, he returned three or four times a year until 1990, recording over three hundred early churches in Cappadocia and many Armenian churches in north-eastern Turkey. This book is based on his early journeys in Aegean Turkey, following the footsteps of early nineteenth-century travellers, some of them responsible for great treasures in the British Museum, and of George Bean, the most remarkable of English twentieth-century archaeologists working in that area. Sewell's book is self-mocking and autobiographical, while painting an exotic and idiosyncratically researched picture of ancient Asia Minor, its influence on European culture and its modern inhabitants.