The first burgeoning of the present day Turkish state does not go back far beyond Dante’s time, after Turkish people of the Seljuq dynasty, which came from lands to the north of the Caspian Sea and Lake Aral (in present day Kazakhstan), had started their gradual conquest of Anatolia, detaching it from the Byzantine Empire and founding their sultanate there. In 1243 the Seljuq sultans were, however, forced to succumb to the advance of the Mongols and became their vassals, remaining as such during Dante’s [...]
Translation in blank verse by Rekin Teksoy (Istanbul 1928 – 2012), Turkish jurist, film critic and writer. First edition published at Istanbul in 1998. Illustrated by Sandro Botticelli and Gustave Doré.
Prose translation by Feridun Timur, Turkish dantist, professor at the university of Istanbul. First edition in three volumes published at Ankara in 1955 (Hell) and in 1956 (Purgatory and Paradise).