Ottoman Empire colonizing Greece.and ...

Ottoman Empire colonizing Greece.and Cyprus.

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Billy Bunter

Gloucester, UK

#1 Dec 7, 2012
Ottoman Empire colonizing Greece.and Cyprus. What has changed the life of modern Greek?.
Born Greek

Gloucester, UK

#2 Dec 7, 2012
It was the end of the Greek civilization and a time of disgrace for the Greek people.
Sophia

Gloucester, UK

#3 Dec 7, 2012
During the Ottoman occupation the habits must certainly had changed and influenced to a certain degree but on the same hand out of spite for the occupants the Greeks had more reasons not to integrate and uphold their own habits and traditions.

Ottoman Empire colonized Greece Greeks food is influenced by a lot of Turkish food.(e.g. Yogurt,'moussaka' is adapted from Turkish 'musakka', ayran, raki, and lots more) As for clothing goes, Ottoman Turks invented women's high heels, so we can say every nation took high heels from them. The list is far to large though, Ottoman Empire owned half of Europe and a large portion of Asia, so of course their culture influenced other nations a lot.(Just think how we all now eat Chinese food, how Turks join Greek-invented Olympics. It's like that.:)
Sophia

Gloucester, UK

#4 Dec 7, 2012
Born Greek wrote:
It was the end of the Greek civilization and a time of disgrace for the Greek people.
Sorry you feel this way.
Most Greeks I know see it differently.
history

Collierville, TN

#5 Dec 7, 2012
Sophia wrote:
During the Ottoman occupation the habits must certainly had changed and influenced to a certain degree but on the same hand out of spite for the occupants the Greeks had more reasons not to integrate and uphold their own habits and traditions.
Ottoman Empire colonized Greece Greeks food is influenced by a lot of Turkish food.(e.g. Yogurt,'moussaka' is adapted from Turkish 'musakka', ayran, raki, and lots more) As for clothing goes, Ottoman Turks invented women's high heels, so we can say every nation took high heels from them. The list is far to large though, Ottoman Empire owned half of Europe and a large portion of Asia, so of course their culture influenced other nations a lot.(Just think how we all now eat Chinese food, how Turks join Greek-invented Olympics. It's like that.:)
as many turkish intellectuals say its all just byzantinegreek continuity thats why turks like romans made their capitol in constantinople..........
HIGHHEELS

Collierville, TN

#6 Dec 7, 2012
Sophia wrote:
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Sorry you feel this way.
Most Greeks I know see it differently.
THATS because high heels and yogurt were already around in ancient egypt greece and rome.......
Greek Islander

Philadelphia, PA

#7 Dec 7, 2012
The Ottoman Empire was basically a Dark Age where higher education vanished. The people of the Balkans found themselves totally isolated from the rest of Europe and the Greek teachers from Constantinople fled to Italy where they established themselves in universities. The famous art schools of Crete where Domenikos Theotokopoulos (El Greco) had studied closed.

Many Greeks in order to pay less taxes and prevent their lands from being confiscated converted to Islam. These "Turks" spoke Greekas their native language and the only thing which seperated them from other Greeks was their religion. In 1923 with the exchange of populations the "Turkish" Greek Muslims moved to Turkey.

Greek Muslims
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_Muslims

The original Turks came from the depths of Central Asia and Mongolia, they had no architecture except for the tents they carried on their horses, nor did they have any type of cuisine. The so-called Turkish cuisine is Near Eastern not Turkish. The Music, instruments and art used by the Turks was taken from the older Near Eastern civilizations...Persian, Arab and Greek.

The so-called Ottoman architecture was not Ottoman at all, it was taken directly from the Greeks of Byzantium. The large mosques of Constantinople and Asia Minor are just copies of the former Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Ayia Sophia. Even today Ayia Sophia is the most famous building in Turkey.

Ayia Sophia - 532 A.D.
http://www.arkeo3d.com/byzantium1200/hagia.ht...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hagia-Sophi...

Ottoman copies of Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Ayia Sophia

Blue mosque - 1606 A.D
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sultan_Ahme...

Sulemaniye Mosque - 1550 A.D.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%BCleymaniye...

BTW, most of the architects who built these mosques were Greeks and Armenians. Mimar Sinan who is called a great "Turkish" architect was born into a Chrstian family in Cappadocia.

Mimar Sinan

http://mimoza.marmara.edu.tr/~avni/H62SANAT/m...

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