Mount Athos : renewal in paradise /
by Graham Speake.
New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2002.
x, 294 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), facsims., maps, ports. ; 24 cm.
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New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2002.
general note
Illustrations on end-papers.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references (p. [279]-282) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Graham Speake is by training a classicist and by profession an academic publisher. He is founder and honorary secretary of the Friends of Mount Athos and a frequent visitor to the Mountain.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2003-10-01:
Written for a general audience, Speake's account of Mount Athos's history and contemporary life reads more like a traveler's guide than a scholarly study. A convert to the monastic community himself, the author shows a generous sympathy toward "pious credulity" and glosses over numerous examples of ethnic conflict, cultural chauvinism, and long-standing misogyny (not even female goats may dwell there), suggesting that the book's purpose is other than to provide a critical analysis. In particular, the chapters on how to convert to the Holy Community and on the travel amenities of the monasteries are clearly designed to woo Western seekers to "the mysterious mountain." The historical narrative contains a broad yet thin overview befitting an undergraduate survey textbook. The special value of the book, however, is the astonishing color photograph collection of the art and architectural treasures on Mount Athos. Indeed, chapters on the artistic, archival, and architectural riches of the monks, coupled with a clear-eyed look at the historical record, would surely have done more to impress and intrigue Western readers than the mystical tack taken. But for all this, Speake's brisk prose and the beautiful photography give the book some public currency. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General collections and public libraries. J. P. Huffman Messiah College
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Bowker Data Service Summary
Known as the Holy Mountain, Mount Athos serves as the centre of monasticism for all the Eastern Orthodox churches. This illustrated history covers the entire story of Athos from the first anchorite monks who lived in caves and simple huts to the monastic renewal that is taking place there today.
Unpaid Annotation
Mount Athos, a spectacularly beautiful rocky peninsula on the coast of Greece has been a monastic preserve since the ninth century. This richly illustrated book tells the entire story of Athos, the Holy Mountain, from the first anchorite monks who lived in caves and huts through centuries of political and religious controversy to the thriving monastic communities of today.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Athos BCp. 9
The Garden of the Mother of Godp. 17
Byzantine Athosp. 37
Palaiologan Athosp. 71
Ottoman Athosp. 113
Twentieth-Century Athosp. 157
Athos Today: For the Monkp. 195
Athos Today: For the Pilgrimp. 233
Epiloguep. 265
Notesp. 268
Select Bibliographyp. 279
Glossaryp. 283
Indexp. 285
Photographic Acknowledgementsp. 295
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