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Three: The Aegean Archipelago

The history and geology of the Aegean archipelago have a unique relationship. Historically, the Aegean Sea is one of the oldest regions of the globe -- Homer describes it; geologically, it is one of the youngest. Its numerous islands, the mountain peaks of a collapsed landmass, provide physical evidence of its geological provenance. (Page 89)

The island?s summits are almost always windy. The massive whitewashed masonry structure of a deserted monastery can provide much-needed protection from the wind, particularly when it reaches buffeting force. The wind also carries the sounds of people, animals, and machines to the summits, but electricity, available for the last four decades in all the islands, has deprived the scene of the once vital and characteristic sound of windmills. (Page 108)


Table of Contents from The Aegean Crucible



The Aegean Crucible
The Aegean Crucible
Tracing Vernacular Architecture in
Post-Byzantine Centuries
Constantine E. Michaelides, FAIA
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