The Byzantine antiquities of the Pontus have received little more than a passing glance from either travellers or archaeologists. With the exception of the town of Trebizond, the monuments of which have now been subject to study in some detail, and the monastery of Sumela which has always attracted the attention of travellers, the only published works on the subject are the article by Professor Talbot Rice containing the results of his survey journey in 1929, and the book which he wrote in co-operation with Millet. The “Studia Pontica” of Cumont and Anderson is concerned primarily with classical antiquities although Cumont in his section makes frequent reference to medieval antiquities; and the “Church of Trebizond” by the last Metropolitan of the town, Chrysanthos, is concerned more with history than with descriptions of the monuments. The not inconsiderable body of travellers to Trebizond and eastern Turkey went there, for the most part, by sea and followed one or other of the branches of the caravan road running south-eastwards to Erzurum, and on into Persia and Central Asia. It may, however, be of use to bring these accounts up to date in so far as we have followed in the footsteps of earlier travellers.
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