The Cyclades or Life Among the Insular Greeks...


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Author  J. Theodore Bent
Publisher  Forgotten Books
Publication Date   June 28, 2012
Pages  546

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The Islands of the JE gea-n Sea offer plenty of scope for the study of Hellenic archaeology, but they arc more particularly rich in the preservation of manners and customs which have survived the lapse of years ;and the result of a special study of both these points, made during two winters passed by my wife and myself amongst the islanders in their distant hamlets, and in their towns by the sea-coast, I here place before the public. The causes which have conduced to making the Cyclades a favourable field for the study of Hellenic folklore are these :F irst, the islands were never, like the mainland, subject to the incursions of barbarous tribes ;this fact is especially noticeable in the island of A ndros, the most northern and the most accessible of the Cycladic group from the mainland by way of Eubcea. The northern portion of this island is exclusively Albanian in speech, manners, and customs. The Greeks in the south are highly influenced by this intermixture, which has in a measure destroyed the identity of the continental Greeks ;but here the Albanian wave has ended, there is not a trace of it in any other of the Cyclades.
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