THE busy scene, which is represented in this view, is the weekly market which takes
place in the bazar, or market-place of Athens; which, at that time, becomes the resort
not only of the inhabitants of the town, but also of the villagers who arc dispersed over
the adjacent territory. Greeks, Turks, and Albanians arc then seen mingled together;
and while the variegated diversity of their costumes gratifies the eye of the beholder, the
lrreconcilcable dissonance of their manners supplies ample materials for reflective remark
and philosophical contemplation.
The nearer figures in this view are portraits. The black on the right hand is on
emancipated slave dressed in velvet and gold, which is a finery that they particularly
affect. The next figure is the keeper of the adjoining colicc-housc, who is taking some
coffee to the Disdar, or governor of the castle, who is sitting by the steps, habited in
scarlet, with a Turkish Agha on his right hand. The Greek standing on the mat is the
Voivode, or governor of the island of Submits, and son of the late English agent, Speridion
Logotheti. The person meeting him is a Greek Ilaratario, thus denominated from his
turban, which serves as a distinctive badge for the agent of a foreign nation. It is also
worn by Greek physicians. Turkish women compose the distant group of three females,
with long white robes and black veils. The other females dispersed throughout the view
are Albanian Christians. The Turk habited in the sacred colour, green, is a pilgrim who
has performed the journey to Mecca.
The distant part of the view exhibits the northern side of the acropolis, within the
walls of which, on the left of the nearer minaret, are distinguished the remains of the
Erechtheion and of the Parthenon. On the right hand of the minaret the cave of Pan
is observed, with the high Venetian tower rising above it near the Propylica.