It is distributed in Southern Europe, European and Asian Turkey
, Transcaucasia (Azerbaijan, Georgia), Cyprus, Syria, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Iran (Ozdikmen, 2011).
This narrow strait separating European and Asian Turkey
and joining the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara has been an important trade route since ancient times.
From Five-Spice Chicken Wings; Slow-Cooked Beef Fajitas; Dijon Pork Chops; and Ginger-Tomato Chicken; to Pasta with Eggplant Sauce; Asian Turkey
and Rice Soup; Mushroom Steak Diane Stew; and Savory Bread Pudding, the recipes are clearly laid out with ingredient lists, prep and cooking time estimates, number of servings, cooking directions, and even Slow Cooker Size.
Hipparchus (about 190-120 BC) of Nicaea now Iznik, in what is now northwest Asian Turkey
compiled the first of such chord tables (not now extant).
The excavations of Schliemann and his more competent successors at Troy have not quite rescued the Trojan War from myth and delivered it firmly into the purview of history, but at least the Greeks did migrate to Asian Turkey
, and they built cities along the Ionian coast which prospered in the classical period.
The ancient non-Biblical site of most interest to Europeans was surely Troy, in what is now the northwestern part of Asian Turkey