Welcome to our Teaching Guides Unit
The two Teaching Guides chronicle the presence of Hellenism in the lands of Asia Minor and its Pontus region (in present day Turkey) stretching back from Homer’s time through 1923. In this region, people of Greek ancestry created a vibrant culture which endured even after their conquest by the Ottoman Turks in the 15th century.
During the early part of the 20th century, however, the Greeks along with other Christian populations of the Ottoman Empire such as the Armenians and Assyrians, became victims of persecution and suffered numerous atrocities that resulted in Genocide.
By examining the history and Genocide of the Ottoman Greeks, students will gain a better understanding of the Greek contributions to civilization originating from outside of mainland Greece, as well as the patterns and similarities that the Greek experience shares with the Armenian and Assyrian Genocides and contemporary genocides from the past two decades.
Teaching Guide Unit 1
The Armenians are not the only subject people in Turkey which have suffered from this policy of making Turkey exclusively the country of the Turks.
The story, which I have told about the Armenians, I could also tell with certain modifications about the Greeks and Syrians [Assyrians]. Indeed, the Greeks were the first victims of this nationalizing.
Teaching Guide Unit 2
Hellenism of Asia Minor and Pontos is a Teaching Guide for 10-12 year old students that includes background information on the history and civilization of the Greeks in
Asia Minor (modern day Turkey) and its region of Pontus. The content covers Greek peoples’ migration from mainland Greece to the western coast of Asia Minor and the shores of the Black Sea over a 3,000 year period that ended with their expulsion in 1923.