This has been a great month or so for finding Seljuk tablets. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, the Seljuks or Seljuqs were a Turkish Persianate (they thought Persia was cool so they adopted some of their culture) society which emerged from Central Asia to conquer a large amount of territory, stretching from modern Turkey to Afghanistan through Iran and Mesopotamia. Their empire lasted only a century but laid the foundation for future Turkish states, namely the Ottoman one. The first tablet that was found belonged to Kayqubad I, Sultan of Rum. He ruled the Sultunate of Rum, a state founded after the collapse of the empire which reached its maximum expansion in the 13th century as a large country in the middle of modern Turkey. He accomplished this through heavy campaigning to reach both seas as well as face difficult regional rivals. For this he is considered a great Turkish leader.
The name of his country, Rum, was taken from the name of the people who lived in the area, the Romans. The tablet was found in the wall of a house in the Antalya province, the sunny southwest Mediterranean hotspot of Turkey. Necmi Atik was the researcher who found it and he recognized the tablet because it had been known to exist but disappeared in 1924. It will need to be studied before any important information can be learned. In addition to the tablet there were two more discovered at the same place. These detailed the conquests of Kaykhusraw I, most notable for capturing Antalya from the Empire of Nicaea. His son was Kayqubad I.
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