As promised, here is the first of 2 guest blogs by Curtis Runnels, who has kindly agreed to fill this spot while I’m up in the north woods trying to finish the damned novel I’ve been working on for 6 years.
Curtis Runnels, Professor of Archaeology at Boston University and an expert in Palaeolithic archaeology in Greece, here contributes… a story about how Americans first heard Modern Greek being spoken in the early 19th century. An aficionado of antiquarian shops, Runnels has frequently discovered unique documents of great historical and informational value, such as the four documents presented below, which tell us the story of a Greek merchant, Nikolaos Tziklitiras, who, after landing by accident in Boston in 1813, became the first Greek teacher in town and laid the foundations for the spread of Modern Greek studies in America.
And don’t get spoiled by this high-level intellectual discourse. (Footnotes and all!) We’ll be back to Bookman’s Log – and all the simpering mediocrity you’ve grown to love – by the end of the month.