- Jul 2009
In the old time Anatolia were called Rum. All the people in Anatolia called rum no matter what religion they had.The crusaders called the byzantines - greeks, in there travel notes. There is not a correct answer to the question are Byzantines seen as greek or romans, slavic nations aways called Byzantinians - romans.
Not only the people in Byzantine territories were called "Rum", but also those on Balkans (which ethnicly arent greek) this was mainly a word meaning "christians" instead of "greek". The whole phrase i think is "Rum milet".
Today the land around trace called rum ( rumeli (hand of rum) =rum land in turkish).
Rum still means greek in turkish.
May be it is for Anatolian people and Greeks.
Catholics were called Frenk not Rum. it is not for christians in whole.