In 3,000 years, Bodrum has witnessed the stories of many powerful historical figures like Aleksander the Great, Mausolus of Mausoleum, Marcus Junius Brutus and Artemisia II. They shaped the future and took their places in history of Bodrum. You can find their stories in the works of historians, novelists or even painters.
However, only a handful of these personalities have taken a part in local culture today. They all contributed to local community in their own ways. Bodrum owes them a lot for becoming such a popular domestic and international destination and locals know it.
They are Bodrum’s heroes!
On the other hand, I know the age of heroes is not over yet.
In years, I have met lot of people doing their best to make Bodrum a better place. They are not historical figures, but they are heroes fighting to preserve local nature and culture against so called modernization, the greedy investors and politicians trying to take advantage of income possibilities of a popular touristic destination.
They care because they love.
I have seen amazing efforts of locals, societies and even traveller like you to protect natural, historical and cultural wealth of this ancient town. It is not possible to name them all, but I know they all deserve a big “thank you”.
Back to the history now…
Historical Figures of Bodrum
Some historical figures of Bodrum still create echoes over this lovely town. Mentioning their name arouses respect in hearts and minds of locals. Their influence on Bodrum’s reputation as a well-known worldwide tourism and culture destination is undeniably certain.
In my opinion, knowing about them is important so that we can fully understand local culture. More importantly, I feel that it is my responsibility to mention their names whenever and wherever possible like Bodrumians always do.
Herodotus (484 BC – 425 BC)
Science of History was born in Halicarnassus with the birth of the father of history: Herodotus. He observed cultures, nature and nations. His methodology created a new type of science called history.
Cevat Sakir Kabaagacli (1890 – 1973)
Cevat Sakir Kabaagacli was an important writer and historian in Turkish literature. He arrived Bodrum for the first time as a prisoner. His punishment changed Bodrum forever.
Zeki Muren (1931 – 1996)
Zeki Muren was probably the most important classical Turkish music performer. His private life also made him the most controversial celebrity in Turkey’s history.