Monday was a low-key affair in Ankara for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Wake up, do some governing, show visiting Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas your new palace. You know, quiet.
At least it was, until Erdogan decided that it was the perfect time to show off some sweet warrior costumes to Abbas. Sixteen sweet warrior costumes, to be precise.
"[T]he 16 warriors each represented one of the empires of Turkish history, dating back to well before the Turkic conquest of Anatolia," the official Turkish news agency, Anatolia, later explained. "These range from the great Hunnic empire founded around 200 BC though to the Seljuk empire, the Mughal empire, and right up to the Ottoman empire that was dissolved in the 1920s with the foundation of the modern Turkish republic."