May 2006

Following is Sezen Aksu's message on the beginning of the excavation work, planned to take over 500 years, of the ancient city of Leodikya, which was famous in the 1st century BC as Anatolia's most important textile and fashion city. 

Dear Leodikya Passengers, 
The excavation and promotional activities of Leodikya, one of Anatolia’s most important and largest ancient cities, really excites me. I feel happy to belong to a country that has hosted such an important and invaluable heritage for centuries. Its fame will grow exponentially as it is now brought to light. Being a witness to a part of history that stretches back 2300 years is not in vain because this discovery relieves the desperation we may feel about being mortal.

The excavations of this ancient city, which is the focus of archeology enthusiasts from all over the world, is so large that excavations will take almost 500 years to complete. Believing in such an ideal, devoting a lifetime to it and bequeathing to the next generation 'the power of awareness of the past' requires a great sense of responsibility and idealism. Moreover, begining such a journey knowing that one’s time in the world will not be enough to see the end result must be one of the highest levels of awareness that anyone can attain. Without a doubt, under the leadership of excavation director Assoc. Celal Şimsek, all Turkish archaeologists who have cast light on past civilizations with their studies will also be making a significant contribution to the promotion of the local wealth of our country. I congratulate all of the Pamukkale University excavation team who have this spirit and all the members of the Soroptimist Club who are working to spread this spirit with their promotion of this work. 

Without the light of our cultural richness, our social and even individual enlightenment does not seem possible. But, in addition, ‘that’ spirit is needed. Discarding the old, a good basis is needed from now on, not leaving those who have this spirit alone, to increase it by transfering this spirit from one hand to another and ensuring that the ring will be passed on to those with the same beliefs. 

I hope all members of our community understand and share that common spirit, pass it on to their children, and contribute to carrying it into the future. The sensitivity to be able to notice the richness and try to keep it alive is another type of wealth. Leodikya, and we as a society, deserve this wealth.

Warm Regards, 

Sezen Aksu