Anatolia

Anatolia
Native name:
Anadolu
AnatolieLimits.jpg
The traditional definition of Anatolia within modern Turkey[1][2]
Geography
Location
Coordinates39°N 35°E / 39°N 35°E / 39; 35
Area756,000 km2 (292,000 sq mi)[3]
Administration
Turkey
Capital and largest cityAnkara (pop. 5,270,575[4])
Demographics
DemonymAnatolian
LanguagesTurkish, Kurdish, Armenian, Greek, Arabic, Kabardian, various others
Ethnic groupsTurks, Kurds, Armenians, Greeks, Arabs, Laz, various others

Anatolia (from Greek Ἀνατολή Anatolḗ; Turkish: Anadolu "east" or "[sun]rise"), also known as Asia Minor (Medieval and Modern Greek: Μικρά Ἀσία Mikrá Asía, "small Asia"; Turkish: Küçük Asya), Asian Turkey, the Anatolian peninsula, or the Anatolian plateau, is the westernmost protrusion of Asia, which makes up the majority of modern-day Turkey. The region is bounded by the Black Sea to the north, the Mediterranean Sea to the south, the Armenian Plateau to the east, and the Aegean Sea to the west. The Sea of Marmara forms a connection between the Black and Aegean Seas through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits and separates Anatolia from Thrace on the European mainland.

The eastern border of Anatolia is traditionally held to be a line between the Gulf of Alexandretta and the Black Sea, bounded by the Armenian Highland to the east and Mesopotamia to the southeast. Thus, traditionally Anatolia is the territory that comprises approximately the western two-thirds of the Asian part of Turkey. Nowadays, Anatolia is also often considered to be synonymous with Asian Turkey, which comprises almost the entire country;[5] its eastern and southeastern borders are widely taken to be Turkey's eastern border.[6] By some definitions, the area called the Armenian highlands lies beyond the boundary of the Anatolian plateau. The official name of this inland region is the Eastern Anatolia Region.[7][8]

The ancient inhabitants of Anatolia spoke the now-extinct Anatolian languages, which were largely replaced by the Greek language starting from classical antiquity and during the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods. Major Anatolian languages included Hittite, Luwian, and Lydian among other more poorly attested relatives. The Turkification of Anatolia began under the Seljuk Empire in the late 11th century and continued under the Ottoman Empire between the late 13th and early 20th centuries. However, various non-Turkic languages continue to be spoken by minorities in Anatolia today, including Kurdish, Neo-Aramaic, Armenian, Arabic, Laz, Georgian and Greek. Other ancient peoples in the region included Galatians, Hurrians, Assyrians, Hattians, Cimmerians, as well as Ionian, Dorian, and Aeolian Greeks.

Geography

The highest mountains in Anatolia are Mount Süphan (4058 m) and Mount Ararat (5123 m).[9] The Euphrates, Araxes Kara su and Murat rivers connect the Anatolian plateau to the South Caucasus and the Upper Euphrates Valley. Along with the Çoruh, these rivers are the longest in Anatolia.[10]

Geographical definition

The location of Turkey (within the rectangle) in reference to the European continent. Anatolia roughly corresponds to the Asian part of Turkey
1907 map of Asia Minor, showing the local ancient kingdoms. The map includes the East Aegean Islands and the island of Cyprus to Anatolia's continental shelf.

Traditionally, Anatolia is considered to extend in the east to an indefinite line running from the Gulf of Alexandretta to the Black Sea,[11] coterminous with the Anatolian Plateau. This traditional geographical definition is used, for example, in the latest edition of Merriam-Webster's Geographical Dictionary,[1] Under this definition, Anatolia is bounded to the east by the Armenian Highlands, and the Euphrates before that river bends to the southeast to enter Mesopotamia.[2] To the southeast, it is bounded by the ranges that separate it from the Orontes valley in Syria (region) and the Mesopotamian plain.[2]

Following the Armenian genocide, Ottoman Armenia was renamed "Eastern Anatolia" by the newly established Turkish government.[12][13] Vazken Davidian terms the expanded use of "Anatolia" to apply to territory formerly referred to as Armenia an "ahistorical imposition", and notes that a growing body of literature is uncomfortable with referring to the Ottoman East as "Eastern Anatolia".[14] Most archeological sources consider the boundary of Anatolia to be Turkey's eastern border.[15]

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Anatolië
Alemannisch: Kleinasien
አማርኛ: አናቶሊያ
Ænglisc: Læsse Asia
العربية: الأناضول
ܐܪܡܝܐ: ܐܢܛܘܠܝܐ
arpetan: Anatolie
asturianu: Anatolia
azərbaycanca: Kiçik Asiya
تۆرکجه: آنادولو
башҡортса: Кесе Азия
беларуская: Анатолія
български: Анадол
bosanski: Anadolija
brezhoneg: Anatolia
català: Anatòlia
Cebuano: Anatolya
čeština: Malá Asie
corsu: Anatulia
dansk: Anatolien
Deutsch: Kleinasien
eesti: Anatoolia
Ελληνικά: Μικρά Ασία
español: Anatolia
Esperanto: Anatolio
euskara: Anatolia
فارسی: آناتولی
føroyskt: Anatolia
français: Anatolie
Frysk: Anatoalje
Gaeilge: An Anatóil
galego: Anatolia
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Anatolia Pan-tó
한국어: 아나톨리아
հայերեն: Փոքր Ասիա
हिन्दी: आनातोलिया
hrvatski: Anatolija
Bahasa Indonesia: Anatolia
íslenska: Anatólía
italiano: Anatolia
Basa Jawa: Anatolia
ქართული: ანატოლია
қазақша: Кіші Азия
Kiswahili: Anatolia
kurdî: Anatolya
Ladino: Asya Menor
Latina: Anatolia
latviešu: Anatolija
Lëtzebuergesch: Anatolien
Limburgs: Anatolië
Lingua Franca Nova: Anatolia
lumbaart: Anatolia
magyar: Anatólia
മലയാളം: ഏഷ്യാമൈനർ
مازِرونی: آناتولی
Bahasa Melayu: Anatolia
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Siēu Ā-sá̤-ā
မြန်မာဘာသာ: အနာတိုလီယား
Nederlands: Anatolië
norsk: Anatolia
Nouormand: P'tite Âsie
occitan: Anatolia
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Onadoʻli
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਅਨਾਤੋਲੀਆ
پنجابی: اناطولیہ
polski: Anatolia
português: Anatólia
qırımtatarca: Anadolu
română: Anatolia
русский: Малая Азия
sardu: Anatòlia
Scots: Anatolie
shqip: Anadolli
sicilianu: Anatolia
Simple English: Asia Minor
slovenščina: Anatolija
Soomaaliga: Anatooliya
کوردی: ئەنادۆڵ
српски / srpski: Анадолија
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Anadolija
suomi: Anatolia
svenska: Anatolien
Tagalog: Asya Menor
тоҷикӣ: Осиёи Хурд
Türkçe: Anadolu
Türkmençe: Anatoliýa
українська: Анатолія
ئۇيغۇرچە / Uyghurche: ئاناتولىيە
Tiếng Việt: Tiểu Á
Winaray: Anatolia
ייִדיש: אנאטאליע
粵語: 細亞細亞
Zazaki: Anatoliye