Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews 1430-1950
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2007 M12 18 - 544 pages
Salonica, located in northern Greece, was long a fascinating crossroads metropolis of different religions and ethnicities, where Egyptian merchants, Spanish Jews, Orthodox Greeks, Sufi dervishes, and Albanian brigands all rubbed shoulders. Tensions sometimes flared, but tolerance largely prevailed until the twentieth century when the Greek army marched in, Muslims were forced out, and the Nazis deported and killed the Jews. As the acclaimed historian Mark Mazower follows the city’s inhabitants through plague, invasion, famine, and the disastrous twentieth century, he resurrects a fascinating and vanished world.
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Later it became the base of Emperor Galerius himself. By the side of the main road running through town the carved pillars of a massive triumphal arch still commemorate G.ilerius's defeat of the troublesome Persians.
After a grateful Roman prefect was cured by his miraculous powers, he built a fiv * -aisled basilica to the saint, which quickly became the centre of -.1 major cult, attracting Jews as well as Christians and pagans.
But starting in the mid-sixth century, Byzantine military experts became aware of a new threat—the Slavs. According to the contemptuous court historian, Procopius, they lived in miserable huts, were often on the move, and went to war ...
S Oven THE NEXT six hundred years, the city became a centre of humanistic learning and theological debate. .\/I-any new churches were established, turning it into a treasure-house of late Byzantine art. .\~Ionasticism spread to the ...
In fact, he quickly appointed a new archbishop, Gregorios, and his Serbian Orthodox wife, Mara, herself became a notable benefactress. Churches and monasteries were reconfirmed in their possessions (in one case perhaps, as a malicious ...
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The perfect book to read on first visit to 'thessaloniki. Unfolds the many layers of this extraordinary "border town", and how the complexity got shaved away over the course of the 20th century by ... Read full review
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I learned a lot from this book, and I admire Mazower's ability to form such a complete account of Salonica. Read full review
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