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In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great
Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-07-26 16:24:24 (via www.petersommer.com)
The story of one young man's 2,000 mile walk and archaeological adventure across Turkey retracing the route of Alexander the Great.
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Submitted by christine on 2007-07-27 03:14:36
Alexandre the Great was one of my favorite heroes in high school.. And you're really brave to follow his footsteps...Do you intend to do that until India, or only Turkey is in your plans?
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-07-27 03:26:59
Hi Christine. Alexander became my hero too at high school. An enthusiastic new young teacher traced his entire route on an old map, my jaw fell open, and from that moment I was hooked. I did the walk back in 1994, and afterwards worked on the BBC/PBS TV series In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great, which was fascinating and marvellous fun. I don't plan to do any more walking on that scale, now that I have a family to think about, but I do now lead an annual tour in Alexander's footsteps in Turkey
Best wishes, Peter
Submitted by christine on 2007-07-27 03:29:27
yeah. that's quite logical. And do the Turkish natives know much about Alexandre's passing through their country? I mean do they have a certain feeling of pride related to this?
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-07-27 03:33:47
If you go into the very rural areas, you can still find oral tales of 'Buyuk Iskender' (Alexander the Great). When we filmed for the BBC series, we found some farmers up in the Lycian mountains who pointed down through a valley, and told us that Alexander had marched through there, as if it was yesterday! I'm not sure if pride is quite the right word, because he's not one of their ancestors, but I do think there is a certain pride in the fact that their country is so old, and so many ancient, truly historic things happened on their soil.
Submitted by christine on 2007-07-27 03:42:03
all right. But I still bet it seemed to them kinda weird that you don't actually waste your time making fortune and working in a high-class bank ( which is the idea they usually have of westerners), but decide to take this challenge, didn't it?
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2007-08-06 05:38:46
Actually I think most of the Turkish villagers were very rooted and had no real preconceptions as to westerners - they don't come across many high class bankers. A major part of their culture is about looking after strangers in a strange land - innate hospitality - and that's the key thing that struck me.
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