A Plea for Research in Asia Minor and Syria
Excerpt from A Plea for Research in Asia Minor and Syria: Authorized by Men Whose High Achievements and Representative Character Make the Project a Call of Humanity at Large for Light in Regard to the Life of Man in the Cradle of Western Civilization Archaeologists agree that Asia Minor is the country from which, in the near future, startling, and even dazzling additions to our knowledge of the past will be made. So far as the Hittites are concerned these additions will be history itself, for they will actually create the history of humanity just before the beginnings of written history, a past so dim and so distant that even the constitutionally inquisitive Greek knew almost nothing of or about it, though strangely enough, he was its immediate inheritor and passed it on to us. But the nearer past also, the historic past, the Phrygian, Hellenic, Hellenistic past, the Graeco-Roman and the Early Christian past in Asia Minor, claims, aye, demands, earnest, immediate, and long-continued investigation, not to speak of the Seljukian, the Crusading, and even the Turkish past. For the last thirty years a small band of scholars has been eager to collect ancient inscriptions, to study ancient monuments, to locate ancient cities and to create the ancient map. But the ancient documents that could be found easily, as the result of leisurely journeys through Asia Minor, have in great measure been garnered already, largely through the efforts of Sir William M. Ramsay and other travellers trained by him in surface research, one of whom is the present writer and petitioner. But what still remains to be done is of infinitely greater importance than that which has already been accomplished. Witness the discovery of the documentary proof that Boghazkieui was really the capital of the Hittite empire, a thing long suspected it is true, but never proved till now, for none could get the proof till now. And yet there was that precious document, extant, actually extant, but lying beneath the ground, where it had lain for maybe three millennia, waiting for the man to come and discover it, and with its help write a new and a splendid page of history. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."