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Istanbul Exhibit to Show Off Ancient Texts

Posted: May. 3rd, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Looking through ancient Turk texts
Emrah Gurel/Daily News

It seems odd to me that the Vatican owns one of the copies of this text which should so obviously be a national treasure for Turkey. However, to view these texts, Turkish citizens have to wait until they're made available by the Vatican and then make the time to visit Istanbul while it's on display.

Something really seems wrong about that to me, what do you think?

The oldest copy of the Dede Korkut myths, a series of epic tales narrating the life of ancient nomadic Turks and their pre-Islamic beliefs, will be showcased in Istanbul between Dec. 15 and March 15, 2014.

The 1,500-year old copy, which belongs to Vatican archives, originated as a series of epics orally told and was transferred into written form over the generations. Another ancient copy of the tales is currently located in Germany.

Historian and researcher Dr. Rinaldo Marmara, the press secretary of the Vatican who led the work of displaying the copy in Turkey, gave the Hürriyet Daily News further information about the transfer process. “For the first time, Turkey is to host an exhibition presenting a piece from the Vatican archives.


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