[ilds] Fwd: Advance notification: forthcoming book on the Ionian Islands, Greece

James Gifford james.d.gifford at gmail.com
Thu Jun 5 09:52:53 PDT 2014


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*/The Ionian Islands: /*
*/Aspects of their History and Culture/*
*eds. Anthony Hirst and Patrick Sammon*
*Cambridge Scholars Publishing *
*Forthcoming, August 2014**

The Ionian Islands stretch south from the Adriatic, where Corfu’s 
/Pantokrator/mountain overlooks Albania across narrow straits, along the 
western coast of mainland Greece through Paxi, Kephalonia, Ithaca, 
Lefkada and Zakynthos, to Kythira, midway between Athens and Crete. 
Three crucial sea-battles were fought here — Sybota (the first 
recorded), Actium and Lepanto — an indication of the Ionians’ role as an 
East-West crossroads, between Western Christendom and the Orthodox and 
Islamic East.

Ruled by Venice in her /Stato da Mar /(sea-empire), the islands became 
an independent state, as the Septinsular Republic and then, under 
British Protection, as the United States of the Ionian Islands. Before 
the mainland Greeks had a State, the Ionian people were proud of having 
a university — from 1824 — in Corfu town, a World Heritage Site. The 
islands were united with the Kingdom of Greece in 1864 — the first 
addition to its territory.

This book (with over thirty illustrations) explores the history, 
archaeology, languages, customs and culture of the Ionian Islands. 
Without venturing far from the islands, readers will learn much about 
this distinctive part of the Mediterranean and Greek world. The chapters 
range from the mythology of the Bronze Age (Homer’s Scheria, where 
Odysseus startled Nausicaa as she bathed) to today, concentrating 
particularly on the British Protectorate (1815–1864). One, illustrated 
by contemporary maps, deals with descriptions of the islands by a 
fourteenth-century Venetian writing in Latin.The roles of Jews, Souliot 
refugees, Greek revolutionaries, rebel peasants in Cephalonia, and 
workers in Corfu’s port suburb of Mandouki are examined in detail.

There are contributions on religion and philosophy, as well as 
literature, music, painting, and the folk-art of carved walking-canes.

*Dr Anthony Hirst*lectured in Byzantine and Modern Greek at Queen’s 
University Belfast, before retiring in 2009. His /God and the //Poetic 
Ego /is a study of the use and abuse of biblical and liturgical texts in 
the work of three modern Greek poets/. His other publications include 
translations of Modern Greek poetry and prose, as well as many articles, 
especially on the Alexandrian Greek poet C. P. Cavafy. /*He *has 
directed and organised the Byzantine Greek Summer School since 2006, in 
Belfast and then Birmingham; and from 2010 to 2013 he was Manager and 
Academic Director of the Durrell School of Corfu.

*Patrick Sammon*, an independent scholar from Dublin, started Greek in 
Joyce’s /alma mater/ /(Belvedere College, SJ)/, and was a Foundation 
Scholar in Classics in Wilde’s (Trinity College). His 35 years in the 
Irish diplomatic service included postings in Bonn, Paris, Athens 
(twice), Vienna, New York and Tokyo. He has taught at the Byzantine 
Greek Summer School since 2010. His /Greenspeak: Ireland in her own 
Words/(2002) is /a/ dictionary of Irish English.


Please forward to those you know and who might be interested.

We shall be delighted to inform them when it is available.

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