Barrows, Samuel J.
The isles and shrines of Greece — Boston, 1898

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of coals inside, and above it are four spits arranged
side by side, on which beef, cut up into small pieces,
is spitted and roasted. Charcoal fires and braziers,
over which meals are cooked, may be found on the
streets, but they are most numerous round the Agora,
where broiling fish and meat constantly blend their
gastronomic incense. In this soft and genial climate
why should a shoemaker work indoors, when, like
Hans Sachs, he can just as well work out on the
street? There are many other craftsmen who follow
his example.

The slaves, thank Heaven, have gone from the
markets, but there are plenty of boys with baskets
who are ready to take home the provisions which
the man of the house has bought on his way to

To see the streets and the Agora at the liveliest
time, one must stroll through them at Christmas or
New Year's or at the height of the Carnival. The
Christmas festival does not really culminate until
New Year's. Far more presents are given then,
and the jollity reaches a higher pitch. The streets
of the Agora are hardly big enough for the crowd
and trade is still more sharply specialized. The
bread-dealer has added vastly to his stock, and the
occupation of certain other bakers consists wholly
in selling New Year's cake marked with the date of
the year. Oranges, dates, figs, nuts, raisins, flowers,
candies and sugar cakes abound; and of vegetables,
cabbages, cauliflower, radishes, lettuce and onions
there is a profusion. There are chickens, turkeys,
lambs, hares and fish of every sort. The dealers
from behind their stands are shouting e\a, eXa,
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