[tied] Re: Troy, Rasna and Turan

From: Joseph S Crary
Message: 9776
Date: 2001-09-25

Then there is a strange view of the past, as when the Ottomans
Sultan, Mehmet the Conqueror, who read the Iliad and knew of other
ancient traditions. He wrote to Pius II, then preparing a crusade
against him, outlining has reasons for his expedition against the
Peloponnese. Mehmet said, it was vengeance for Troy and Hector's
death. He professed astonishment that Italy should be hostile towards
him, since she shared the same origins, and therefore should thus be
his ally.

JS Crary