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The modern region of Anatolia in Turkey corresponds to the area described by Classical writers as Asia Minor, but in pre-Classical times it was by no means a discrete political unit, and parts of it were dominated at different times by several different civilizations, from the Hittites and Cimmerians to the kingdoms of Urartu and Phyrgia. In purely geographical terms, Anatolia is sometimes defined as a wide ‘land-bridge’ between Europe and Asia, effectively linking together the northern and southern coasts of the Mediterranean.
J. Mellaart: The archaeology of ancient Turkey (Oxford, 1978); O.R. Gurney: The Hittites, 2nd edn (Harmondsworth, 1981); S. Lloyd: Ancient Turkey: a traveller’s history of Anatolia (London, 1989); M. Roaf: Cultural atlas of Mesopotamia and the Ancient Near East (New York and Oxford, 1990).