Nezahat Baydur, daughter of Yakup and Kâmile Firuzan was born in Manisa on the 16th of September 1926. A few years later the family moved to İstanbul. Baydur graduated first from the Sultanahmet 44th Elementary School and then Giriş’ High School at İstanbul. She studied at the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Letters of İstanbul University from 1946 to 1950. She was also one of the students of Prof. Dr. Clemens E. Bosch. Then she started working at the seminar library of the Department of Archaeology in 1953. During her librarian position she was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt scholarship and thus attended the seminars by Prof. Dr. F. Martz and Prof. Dr. F. Brommer at the Department of Archaeology of Marburg University.
In 1959 she was appointed as assistant to the Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Letters of İstanbul University and shortly thereafter on February 10th, 1961, she was transferred as assistant to the Department of Ancient History of the same faculty. She completed successfully her doctoral thesis titled “Coinage of Attaleia (Pamphylia)” under the direction of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sabahat Atlan in 1964. She received her associate professorship in 1968 with her habilitation thesis titled “Studies in the History of Kayseri. From the Earliest Times to A.D. 395.”
Nezahat Baydur gave courses on history of Rome and on ancient numismatics at the undergraduate and gradute levels of Ancient History Department beginning from 1970s until she retired in 1988. She received her full professorship with her study on “Emperor Julianus” in 1979. She continued her studies on numismatics and ancient history önce in a while abroad with bursaries from Alexander von Humboldt.
For many years Baydur was at the Department of Ancient History, Faculty of Letters of İstanbul University, first assistant to Sabahat Atlan and then her colleague. She made researches at various museums, universities and institutes abroad and joined archaeological excavations at Side, Kastabos and Kadirli. She conducted excavations at Tarsus-Donuktaş from 1982 to 1992 and published its results. She is also a Corresponding Member of the German Archaeological institutes (DAl). Nezahat Baydur retired on her own will in January 1988 and leads healthy life in İstanbul.
Kültepe (Kanes) ve Kayseri Tarihi Üzerine Araştırmalar [Researches on the History of Kültepe (Kanes) and Kayseri], Publications of İstanbul University Faculty of Letters, İstanbul, 1970.
İmparator Julianus [Emperor Julianus], Publications of İstanbul University Faculty of Letters, İstanbul, 1982.
Grek ve Roma Sikkeleri [Greek and Roman Coins], Archaeology and Art Publications, İstanbul, 1984 (with Sabahat Atlan).
Anadolu ’daki Kutsal Dağlar Dağ-Tanrılar [Sacred Mountains and Mountain-Gods in Anatolia], Graphis Publications, İstanbul, 1995.
Roma Sikkeleri [Roman Coins], Archaeology and Art Publications, İstanbul,1998.
Tarsus-Donuktaş Kazı Raporu [Excavation Report of Tarsus-Donuktash], Task Foundation, İstanbul, 2001 (with Nadide Seçkin, architect).
“Die Münzen von Attaleia in Pamphylien, Teil 1. Geschichte, Chronologie und Münzkatalog von der hellenistischen Zeit bis zu Commodus”, Jahrbuch für Numismatik und Geldgeschichte XXV (1975), pp. 33-72.
“Die Münzen von Attaleia in Pamphylien, Teil 2. Geschichte, Chronologie und Münzkatalog von Septimius Severus bis zum Ende der Münzprâgung unter Valentinian-Gallienus. Gesamtauswertung”, Jahrbuch für Numismatik und Geldgeschichte XXVI, (1976), pp. 37-78.
“Roma’da İs.ö. II. Yüzyıldaki Reformlar” [Reforms in Rome During the 2nd Century BC], Belleten, vol. XLt 757(January 1976), pp. 195-228.
“Byzantion’da Basılmış Bir Lysimachos Postumus’u” [A Posthumous Coin of Lysimachus Minted in Byzantium], VlIIth Congress of Turkish History (October 11-15, 1976), Proceedings, Ankara, 1979, pp. 533-536.
“Roma Sikkeleri” [Roman Coins], Archaeology and Art 12-13 (1981), pp. 19-25.
“Der Audienzsaal in Boğazköy” Palast und Hütte : Beitrage zum Bauen und Wohnen im Altertum von Archaologen, Vor- und Frühgeschichtlern : Tagungsbeitrâge eines Symposiums der Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Bonn-Bad Godesberg, veranstaltet vom 25.-30. November 1979 in Berlin / herausgegeben von Dietrich Papenfuss und Volker Michael Strocka ; Redaktion: Helmut Prückner, Mainz, 1982, pp. 187-205.
“Eski Anadolu Uygarlıklarının Sikkelere Yansıması”[Reflections of the Ancient Civilisations of Anatolia on the Coins], IXth Congress of Turkish History (Ankara, September 21-25, 1981) Proceedings , vol. 1, TTK, Ankara, 1986, pp. 415-422.
“Yayımlanmamış Bazı Attaleia Sikkeleri”[Some Unpublished Coins of Attaleia], Jahrbuch für Kleinasiatische Forschung 10, 1986, pp. 439-450.
“Byzantion’da Basılmış Bir Lysimachos Postumus’u” [A Posthumous Coin of Lysimachus Minted in Byzantium], Ikiztepe I. (Eds. U.B. Alkım, H. Alkım and Ö. Bilgi), Ankara, 1988, pp. 119-120 and 225-226: English summary).
“Terrakotta Bir Domitian Başı” [A Terracotta Head of Domitian], Festschrift für Jale İnan (Eds. N. Başgelen-M. Lugal), 2 vols.:Text and Planches, İstanbul, 1989, pp. 93-96.