SUE LITTLETON: Poems of Istanbul
THE SULTAN'S FAVORITE FLOWER
THE JANISSAIRES
THE ASSYRIAN LIONS
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THE SULTAN'S FAVORITE FLOWER THE JANISSAIRES THE ASSYRIAN LIONS  

THE SULTAN'S FAVORITE FLOWER
In very early spring the gardens of Topkapi Palace are a tumult of those blooming bulbs so esteemed by the Sultans. It is said that during the reign of Suleiman a German ambassador to the Turkish Empire was amazed by a brilliant, unknown flower that along with various species of narcissus filled the gardens of the palace with a riot of color at “a time unfriendly to most blooms.” The ambassador took the “lale” bulbs back to Europe and the fame of that bud the Turks compared to a turban, opening into a chalice of flame or sun-yellow petals glowing above its sturdy green stem and dagger leaves, briefly challenging the reign of the Persian rose spread throughout the world. Today the fields of Holland that blaze with an infinity of glorious tulips, owe their bounty to the pride of those Sultans who assiduously cultivated and improved the Turkish Tulip long before it ever appeared in Europe.
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THE JANISSAIRES
They were the elite soldiers created by the Ottomans as early as the 14th century, young Christian boys captured in the conquered territories of the Balkans. Between twelve and eighteen years of age, unmarried, converted to Islam, slaves of the Sultan, they were educated as a disciplined fighting force. Suleiman commanded twenty thousand, and by the 17th century the janissary corps numbered eighty thousand. They were the most disciplined and fierce infantry troops Europe had ever faced. As time passed, the janissaries threatened revolt against the sultan— in 1826 Mahmet had loyal artillery troops surround the barracks and the remaining janissaries who had rebelled against Mahmet's creation of a Western military system were killed.
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THE ASSYRIAN LIONS
Curly bearded human-lion faces return the onlooker's gaze with blank, rounded stone eyes; ancient pelts of scarred granite stretch across powerful shoulders, lean haunches. The four clawed pads of each great beast stalk proudly through Time itself. These were the guardians of the gates of the terrible Hittite Warrior Kings. In their silent strength six thousand years lie dormant. Once the pair of them stood arrogantly on either side of the entrance to a ruler's throne room, symbols of conquest and power. Now they languish in the dim recesses of the dusty museum, heads high on arched necks turned toward empty doorways . . . waiting, waiting in icy patience, for the footsteps that will never come again.
SUE LITTLETON: Poems of Istanbul
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SUE LITTLETON: Poems of Istanbul

THE SULTAN'S FAVORITE FLOWER
THE JANISSAIRES
THE ASSYRIAN LIONS
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