In writing this book I gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the A. G. Leventis Foundation, the Michael Marks Charitable Trust, Dr Alkisti Soulogianni, Director of International Relations of the Ministry of Culture of the Hellenic Republic, and Professor Rick Trainor, Principal of King’s College London. I would also like to thank my colleagues in the departments of Classics and Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies who gave me time and encouragement.
For wise advice in the final stages of writing I thank in particular Stuart Proffitt, who went through the text twice. At a critical stage in composition Dr Alexandros Papaderos, Director of the Orthodox Academy of Crete, provided most generous hospitality. My friends Dionysios Stathakopoulos, Charlotte Roueché and Carol Krinsky found time to read drafts and make numerous improvements; Murat Belge, Neil Belton and Anthony Cheetham helped with their attention to detail; and reports by Bob Ousterhout and Chris Wickham and two other readers not identified by the publishers saved me from errors and suggested new topics to include in the final version.
I also thank Georgina Capel, for her enthusiastic support, Brigitta van Rheinberg for her belief in the end product, and Catherine Holmes, Demetra and Charalambos Bakirtzis, Cécile Morrisson, Archie Dunn, Elizabeth Jeffreys, Costas Kaplanis, Anna Contadini, Rustam Shukurov, Charalambos Bouras and Jessica Rawson for assistance with copies of rare books and articles, unpublished texts and guidance about finding others. Maria Vassilaki made it possible for me to accompany the pilgrimage to St Catherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai organized by the Society for the Preservation of the Greek Heritage, and I thank her, Lydia and Costas Carras and Anna Lea. Finally, I am especially grateful to Kallirroe Linardou for her help in finding the illustrations, and to Lioba Theis and the staffs of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham, the Byzantine Collection at Dumbarton Oaks, the Benaki Museum, Athens, and the Courtauld Institute of Art for their generous assistance.
More than ever, I acknowledge the constant support of those who lived with and campaigned for the book in all its stages: Anthony, Tamara and Portia.