10. Sultans of The Ottoman Empire
The Ottomans represent one of the greatest and most powerful civilizations of the modern period. Their moment of glory in the sixteenth century represents one of the heights of human creativity, optimism, and artistry. Their empire stretched from the Middle-east, Africa to Europe. For hundreds of years the Ottoman sultans were sole and absolute regents and heads of state of this vast empire. Over the centuries they created extraordinary art collections and sumptuous palaces. The men who created this great empire were powerful, unique and flawed—not all were admirable. This illustrated talk presents those privileged rulers and exposes their good and bad traits.