The Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation and the Institute of Historical Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation present the collective volume “Olives and olive oil in the Eastern Mediterranean. From antiquity to pre-industrial times”, edited by Ilias Anagnostakis and Evangelia Balta, Research Directors at IHR.
The work focuses on the study and presentation of olive cultivation and on issues concerning the production, distribution and marketing of olive oil in the Eastern Mediterranean. This geographical area, apart from its roughly similar climatic and environmental features, was defined by the dominant political systems which imposed certain production and marketing practices on the olive and its products. Therefore a large number of areas in the Eastern Mediterranean basin have certain political and cultural characteristics ideally suited to the research and study of the olive-growing history of the region. The book is arranged in chronological and partly geographical sequence and consists of two distinct parts (Part I: Antiquity – Byzantium, and Part II: Venetian Occupation – Ottoman times – Modern times), overseen respectively by the editors of the book, I. Anagnostakis and Ε. Balta. Studies reveal similarities and common elements in changes and interventions in olive growing, which makes the complementary contributions in the book a continuous read toward a better understanding of the history of the olive and olive oil over time.
Ayşe Nükhet Adıyeke, Nuri Adıyeke, Ilias Anagnostakis, Zeki Arıkan, Evangelia Balta, Patrick Boulanger, Jean-Pierre Brun, Sofoklis Chatzisavvas, Stella Demesticha, Dimitris Dimitriou, Rafael Frankel, Charalambos Gasparis, Mehmet Genç, Maria Gerolymatou, Nikos E. Karapidakis, Eirini Konstantinou, Giorgos Koutzakiotis, Evi Margariti, †Georgios Mitrofanis, Angeliki Panopoulou, Manos Perakis, Antonis Plytas, Natalia Poulou-Papadimitriou, Efi Ragia, Gülden Sarıyıldız, †Evridiki Sifnaiou, Dushka Urem-Kotsou, Despoina Er. Vlassi, Anastasia G. Yangaki, Fikret Yilmaz, Eleftheria Zei.