By owning the cultural heritage of the geographical region they live in, modern societies are trying to create a perception of superiority and development over other societies, thereby proving that they are the part of a very old culture. Today, the Ancient Age History has continued to be used for political purposes by many states or not identified- state societies While the societies that do not have much accumulation of past cultures in their geographical region are searching for their cultural identity in remote geographical areas, Anatolia has been home to a great majority of ancient civilizations. But has the Republic of Turkey, which includes Anatolian region, succeeded using this cultural richness while describing itself? In this study, we aimed to search for an answer of this question by using a sample selected from the teacher candidates of İstanbul University Cerrahpaşa. The data were analysed quantitatively and attempts were made to reveal university students' sense of belonging to ancient civilizations. As a result of the research, it has emerged that a large majority of teacher candidates did not consider ancient civilizations as their cultural heritage. For this reason, it became clear how important the lessons of History of Civilization to educate the teachers who would become aware of their rich and universal cultural heritage.
Teacher training, Anatolia, Ancient Age Civilizations, Cultural Identity, history education