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by Archaeology Newsroom

Time in modern Greece

Time past and narrative techniques are what create history. The inhabitants of the island of Kalymnos tell many tales where certainty and myth become one and the same thing and bring significance to the past through metaphor. Humans experience time as either a linear or a circular experience. The first kind of time has to do with activities such as farming while circular time is experienced in story-telling and in rituals. What is the significance in the turning movements performed during the Orthodox liturgy? How is time experienced in fairy-tales? Time in a festival or feast is seen as an opportunity to escape from the merciless progression of time. Another form of escapism can be seen in nostalgia, a European strategy which is examined here through the example of the “old town of Volos”.