This is the city in which I live, or rather an earlier incarnation of it. I have lived here for some twenty-six years now, and have seen some changes, but nothing as radical as what went before. As Smyrna, the city was the home of Lydians, Persians, Macedonians, Greeks, Romans, Ottomans, Byzantines and ultimately Turks. There is little left of Smyrna as a result of war and the great fire of 1922. The modern city is essentially a product of gradual rebuilding following the proclamation of the Turkish Republic in 1923.
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