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    07 June 2023 - 5 p.m. (GMT)

    Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar
    Ioannou Centre - 66, St. Giles’, Oxford

    BYOSE III: Imagining Cities in Transition
    The Starling Talisman of the Late Fifteenth-Century Istanbul: Ottoman Historians’ Engagement with the City’s Deep Past

    Asli Niyazioğlu
    University of Oxford
    For early modern Ottoman writers, Istanbul’s antiquities were not insignificant remains of a distant past, as often assumed, but had important uses and talismanic powers. Through the focus on the story about a starling talisman, I will discuss what we can learn from them about the Ottoman interest in Istanbul’s pre-Ottoman past and the place of the occult in it. My talk is about an object which probably never existed. According to an anonymous Ottoman Turkish chronicle from the late fifteenth century, a talisman-maker from Maghreb came to Istanbul in 1200 BC to construct a talisman in the image of a starling, inscribed by sacred letters and powered by a special spring from Isfahan. He placed it on the dome of a great temple at the site of Hagia Sophia. Every year during the olive season, the talisman attracted starlings from all around the Mediterranean and made them bring tons of olive to Istanbul.
    Such a story about a mighty talisman is unique in Ottoman histories. It gathers diverse sources to tell how people, knowledge, and resources from different places and times were brought to Istanbul. This particular collection and its geographical extent is also very different from what we know about the reach of Mehmed II’s imperial project and offers an in-sight into the ways which Istanbul’s past was imagined in a post-conquest city. The object secured an important place in the Ottoman historical imagination and was circulated widely throughout the early modern period.

    BYOSE Seminar Series at Oxford
    “Territory, trade & material culture from Byzantium to the Ottoman world”
     Ioannou Centre, Wednesdays, 5 pm (GMT)

    Organizers: Olivier Delouis (Maison Française d’Oxford, Campion Hall), Lilyana Yordanova (Musée du Louvre, École française d’Athènes).

    For Trinity Term 2023, the research programme “From Byzantium to the Ottoman world in South-Eastern Europe” (BYOSE), will co-sponsor the “Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar” (LABS) at the University of Oxford. The LABS is convened by Ine Jacobs (University College), Marc Lauxtermann (Exeter College),
    Ida Toth (Wolfson College), and Olivier Delouis (MFO, Campion Hall). 

    The BYOSE Seminar Series at Oxford will be devoted to the examination of space as a product of various social activities, from devotion and imagination to consumption and trade of goods. How quickly do the shift in mentalities and the re-appropriation of rural and urban landscapes occur compared to political changes in a transition phase? What is the part of innovation, conservatism or resistance in the territories concerned by the shift of powers?



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