Forgan Smith (building 1), The University of Queensland, St Lucia
Venue: Forgan Smith (building 1), The University of Queensland, St Lucia.

Greeks in the Service of the Ottoman Empire in the 17th and 18th Centuries

The city of Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Turks in 1453, finally marking the end of the Byzantine empire. Henceforth the Greeks in Greece itself, the Balkans and Asia Minor were subjects of the Ottoman Sultan until the Revolution (Epanastasi) which started in 1821 and led to the creation of the modern Greek state. This talk looks at the role of the Greek aristocracy of the Phanari district of Constantinople in the administration of the Ottoman empire in the 17th and 18th Centuries, especially in the Danubian 'hegemonies', in the Aegean and in the Sublime Porte itself. The attitude of the Orthodox Church and the Patriarchate of Constantinople towards Ottoman rule and revolutionary ideas of the 18th Century within the empire will also be discussed.