PUBLICATIONS AND BOOKS
Skopelos Books and Publications on the island of Skopelos. We present to you books that have as their content the history, the traditions and in general all the aspects of the life of the island.
I warmly thank Costas Syros, Maria Spetsiotis, Maria Sofikitis and Gianna Chrysanthi (from the Folklore Museum of Skopelos, phone: 2424023494 for their help in collecting many of the following books.
You can get most of the books from the Folklore Museum as well as from selected bookstores and shops, as well as online outlets.
Let's get to know some of the books (if you have a Skopelos related book that you wish to add to our list please contact us to include it).
Some Books Bellow are in Greek
SKOPELOS, THE HISTORICALITY OF DAILY LIFE, THE CRAFTMANS RECITATIONS
The material culture of Skopelos includes all the items that sailors brought from their long journeys and are now in the homes of the most affluent families on the island, and what have been produced for decades by artisans and craftsmen who continue local traditional production with their often basic equipment and they do their work with basic tools the oral knowledge of tradition from memory, as an accumulated technical and morphological experience.
Through the stories of the thirty-three craftsmen of Skopelos, the common path of apprenticeship, the intercourse, the mobility, the standard of living, the affinities in the closed circle of the island are detected.
These elements have formed a single framework, which is reflected in the way in which they embrace their daily lives but also in solidarity and the tolerance they developed among themselves in times of tension and rupture when they took part in the struggles, regardless of the political space in which they were integrated.
Breath of Madness on the Isle of Skopelos: An Ancient Rite Endures, Dempsey Isabel
The fascinating Carnival customs of Skopelos are among the most ancient in Greece, and yet they are little known outside this island. What are the origins of these curious ceremonies and what do they mean to the islanders who practice them?
"This beautifully illustrated book is a spellbinding fusion of scholarly research and imagery. Isabel Dempsey vividly captures the color and vitality of Carnival in Skopelos, while uncovering the ancient origins and symbolic meaning of this springtime ritual.
While documenting the current tradition, she has painstakingly researched its historic past to reveal, for the first time, the secrets of this fascinating folk custom. An enthralling book that illuminates and preserves an important facet of Greek folk culture, Breath of Madness is a significant addition to the published work on the history and folklore of this island."
Discover the Secrets of Carnival in Skopelos! A new, beautifully illustrated book with over 160 photographs all about of the Carnival customs of Skopelos.
Published by the Municipality of Skopelos, written by Isabel Dempsey. Available at the Folklore Museum of Skopelos and the Vakratsa Mansion Museum.
Skopelos. The Landscapes and Vernacular Architecture of an Aegean Island
Interested in vernacular architecture, he dedicated a widely acknowledged book on Greece, Maisons de Skopelos, précis d'architecture in 1994, to it.
Marc Held - Skopelos (English and French Edition)
Designer of the famous Culbuto armchair manufactured by Knoll, Marc Held is also the architect of eight spectacular villas in Greece
Beautiful pictures of Greek contemporary architecture and landscapes
This book pays homage to the complete journey through the creation of eight villas including drawing, plans, and pictures
Marc Held made history in 1965 with his famous Culbuto armchair and followed it in 1966 with furniture manufactured by Prisunic.
Over a period of fifty years, he created some 150 furniture pieces, notably participating in the interior design of the apartments in the Élysée Palace in 1983. Beginning in the 1970s, he also designed singular works of architecture, for individuals and for corporate clients such as IBM. At the end of the 1980s he chose to focus entirely his passion when he settled on the Greek island of Skopelos. Interested in vernacular architecture, he dedicated a widely acknowledged book on Greece, Maisons de Skopelos, précis d'architecture in 1994, to it.
It was also on Skopelos where over a period of thirty years he built eight exceptional villas: Lemonia, Maistros, Nina, Loukas, The Temple, Mourtia, Myrto and Kapsari. Each house is an architectural manifesto in its own right. These eight villas, in spectacular locations beside the sea, built with local materials and in accordance with the construction techniques of the island - all the artisans were from there - with the magical landscapes in which they are integrated, are eight lessons on the notion of genius loci, which so inspired Marc Held's architecture.
Photographed by Deidi von Schaewen - with spectacular shots taken via drone-mounted cameras - his eight beautiful villas are also presented with his drawings and plans developed during their conception phases.
Gates of the Wind - Michael Carroll
About the book
Greek fishermen call the Northern Sporades the Gates of the Wind and Michael Carroll in his 30 foot sailing boat Astarte - designed and built in England to his own specifications, part Cornish fishing boat, part Greek caique - moved about amongst them looking for a perfect anchorage only to find that this search became a quite different kind of quest.
His chance meeting and subsequent friendship with the versatile Greek, Vangeli, on the island of Skopelos, led to a far more ambitious plan to buy a piece of land. It also led to the building of a house one the shores of the remote cove of Panormos - the perfect anchorage - once the site of an ancient city.
The author’s gradual integration with the people of the island; his dramatic and amusing part in involvement in the life of the island as it becomes his home make this a most unusual book about Greece. With the acquisition of the land comes the realization of what means to have roots and to be an islander.
The author writes vividly of the other islands and their inhabitants; of taking part in a goat hunt, laying up Astarte for the winter and the actual building of the house. His first book from a Persian Teahouse was an account of Travel. In this book he is not so much a traveler as one who has arrived.
About the Author
Michael Carroll was born in England in 1935 being of Irish, Scottish and English extraction. His father’s family lived in Yoghal, Country Cork. He has educated at Harrow and Cambridge but spent much of his early life in India where his father was administrator of a Feudatory State. While at Cambridge he traveled widely on the continent during his vacations. He made one full-scale journey in Persia, which resulted in his book From a Persian Tea-House.
He is married with one child.
Printed and bound in Greece by Eftstathiadis Group S.A
Over Blue Aegean Waters
Griffith Eugene Harlow
A Fifty Year Romance with the Greek Island of Skopelos
Romance: love, excitement, humor, heartbreak, passion.
Skopelos: glistening blue water, rich green foliage, picturesque, friendly, appetizing food, traditional, sophisticated.
Shortly after marrying into a Greek-American family the author was indoctrinated through stories, old maps and property descriptions; and learning Greek. Within a few years he was traveling to Greece following Dad’s entreats to "show face and protect the property" and speaking "goat Greek." Inheriting the family house, a so-called "hovel", nearly became a Greek tragedy.
The amusing tales include:
Mother’s goat bag.
Grocery store that serves free alcoholic aperitifs in the morning.
Squatters attempting to seize family property.
"Zorro" the plumber.
Experience the Romance
Aegean Dream: The true story of a year on the 'Mamma Mia' island
The Essential, Must-Read True Story Set on Greece's real 'Mamma Mia' island of Skopelos
In November 2006, Dario and Linda move to the tiny Greek island of Skopelos hoping to start a new life in paradise. The Greek Gods have other ideas.
Comic and tragic by turns, Aegean Dream is a bittersweet story of love, resilience, and the power of friendship, a true-life memoir with all the attributes of a compelling novel. A compelling window on the daily life of a small Greek island and the spirit of its people, this book also provides striking insights into the broken institutions that would soon shake the entire global economy.
- What’s it really like to live on a tiny Greek island? - Why is the Greek economy so messed up?- What IS ‘The Secret’?...and what do mysterious skulls, Russian prostitutes, President Bush the elder, and Pierce Brosnan have to do with it all?
An unforgettable, unvarnished memoir about laughter, food, love, and loss. Reviewers say:
"Aegean Dream is a riveting, heartbreaking tale that goes beyond the standard idyllic travelogue and delves beneath the surface of what it means to be a Greek. An outsider's view of someone pressing their nose against the window of another culture and peering longingly inside and almost, but not quite being allowed in. An intense, finely wrought book that's impossible to put down, rife with comic and tragic elements, told by a wise and fearless narrator. Travel writing at its best!"
"It made me laugh, it made me cry, and I never stopped rooting for them. We all have dreams and so often don't follow them only to regret it later in life. This couple were following their dream and you just can't help but get emotionally involved with the outcome. Mr. Ciriello is a darn good writer. His book,"Aegean Dream", deserves to be read. You won't regret it. It is every bit as entertaining and well written as 'A Year in Provence'."
"I loved this book and almost shed a tear at the end. This is not a sad book but an honest portrayal of how difficult it is to fit in with a different culture. The high spots of their life there are lovingly told and I felt as frustrated as they were when the low spots hit. I found it uplifting."
"I was hooked on this book from the start."
Dario Ciriello's 'Aegean Dream'. All story. All true.
ΣΚΟΠΕΛΟΥ ΛΑΙΚΟΣ ΠΟΛΙΤΙΣΜΟΣ
ΠΡΟΛΟΓΟΣ ΤΟΥ ΔΗΜΑΡΧΟΥ ΣΚΟΠΕΛΟΥ
ΚΕΦΑΛΑΙΟ 1. ΚΟΙΝΩΝΙΚΟΣ ΒΙΟΣ
ΛΑΙΚΗ ΛΑΤΡΕΙΑ - ΕΘΙΜΑ
ΤΟ ΞΕΜΑΤΙΑΣΜΑ - ΠΡΑΚΤΙΚΑ ΓΙΑΤΡΟΣΟΦΙΑ
ΚΕΦΑΛΑΙΟ 2. ΛΑΙΚΗ ΜΥΘΟΛΟΓΙΑ
ΠΑΡΑΔΟΣΕΙΣ - ΘΡΥΛΟΙ
ΣΚΟΠΕΛΙΤΙΚΑ ΑΝΕΚΔΟΤΑ (ΕΠΙΛΟΓΗ)
ΚΕΦΑΛΑΙΟ 3. ΤΟ ΓΛΩΣΣΙΚΟ ΙΔΙΩΜΑ ΤΗΣ ΣΚΟΠΕΛΟΥ
Η ΣΚΟΠΕΛΙΤΙΚΗ ΔΙΑΛΕΚΤΟΣ
ΤΑ ΠΑΡΩΝΥΜΙΑ (ΠΑΡΑΤΣΟΥΚΛΙΑ)
ΚΕΦΑΛΑΙΟ 4. ΤΑ ΔΗΜΟΤΙΚΑ ΤΡΑΓΟΥΔΙΑ ΤΗΣ ΣΚΟΠΕΛΟΥ
ΤΟ ΔΗΜΟΤΙΚΟ ΤΡΑΓΟΥΔΙ
Ι. ΕΡΩΤΙΚΑ ΤΡΑΓΟΥΔΙΑ
ΙΙ. ΤΡΑΓΟΥΔΙΑ ΤΗΣ ΞΕΝΙΤΕΙΑΣ
ΙΙΙ. ΤΡΑΓΟΥΔΙΑ ΤΩΝ ΑΡΡΑΒΩΝΩΝ ΚΑΙ ΤΟΥ ΓΑΜΟΥ
IV. ΠΑΙΝΕΜΑΤΑ - ΚΑΛΩΣΟΡΙΣΜΑΤΑ - ΤΡΑΓΟΥΔΙΑ ΤΟΥ ΓΛΕΝΤΙΟΥ
V. ΝΑΝΟΥΡΙΣΜΑΤΑ - ΧΑΔΙΑΡΙΚΑ ΤΡΑΓΟΥΔΙΑ
VII. ΑΠΟΚΡΙΑΤΙΚΑ ΤΡΑΓΟΥΔΙΑ
ΚΕΦΑΛΑΙΟ 5. ΣΥΓΧΡΟΝΑ ΤΡΑΓΟΥΔΙΑ ΚΑΙ ΠΟΙΗΜΑΤΑ
Εκδότης ΛΑΟΓΡΑΦΙΚΟ ΜΟΥΣΕΙΟ ΣΚΟΠΕΛΟΥ
On Skopelos / poetry, (Brana Sumanac)
ISBN: 960 226 089 0
Ο Μπράνα Σούμανατς γεννήθηκε στη Σερβία, τέκνο οικογένειας πιστής στην παράδοση της Ορθοδοξίας. Φοίτησε σε σχολεία του Βελιγραδίου.
Έκανε πολλά ταξίδια σε όλη την Ελλάδα.
Κατά τα δέκα-πέντε τελευταία χρόνια ζούσε τους περισσότερους μήνες του χρόνου στη Σκόπελο.
Έφυγε από κοντά μας το 2012 και αναπαύθηκε στο κοιμητήριο της Σκοπέλου.
Ένας ταπεινός και καλός άνθρωπος. Στο μνήμα του γράφει χαρακτηριστικά Προσδοκώ ανάσταση Νεκρών.
Sotos Walking Guide
Local beauty spots and historical places of interest. Skopelos and Glossa.
This book has been written for those who wish to see more of the island than just the beaches. Walking is by far the easiest and safest way to sight-see and can be done at your own pass and leisure.
Skopelos: An Alluring Greek Island in the Aegean Sea
by Ann St Clair (Narrator), Jesse Sisken (Goodreads Author) (Photographer)
Skopelos: An Alluring Greek Island in the Aegean Sea is a book of striking images and insightful text that portray the beauties, history and culture of one of the most interesting, but lesser known and least exploited of the Greek islands. Much of this book is devoted to depicting Skopelos’s ancient monasteries, churches, and family chapels in their unique settings and wonderful variety. There are more than 350 such ecclesiastic buildings on this island of less than 6,000 people, a tribute to the place of religion in its people’s lives. This book also takes the reader into the centuries-old, narrow, winding, back streets of Skopelos’s two major towns where one can sense age-old traditions and enjoy a certain tranquility not found in more modern and traveled areas like the island’s thriving waterfront. And throughout, the reader is introduced to Skopelos’s culture and history with Its numerous architectural and archaeological treasures, footprints left behind by Minoans, Mycenaeans, Romans, Venetians and Turks, who have all been there.
But, as described, there is much more to Skopelos, from its secluded pristine beaches and aquamarine waters to its quiet, uniquely forested hillsides. For evening fare, one can dine on traditional Greek food at waterfront tavernas while listening to water lapping against the shore and watching the sun set into the sea, leaving a crimson and golden sky behind. Skopelos is a place where visitors can step from one era into another, listen to the quintessential sound of goat bells echoing across the hillsides, or to disco music emanating from nightclubs tucked away in cobblestoned alleys. This is an island not to be missed, and this book shows why.
ΙΣΤΟΡΙΚΗ ΚΑΙ ΑΡΧΑΙΟΛΟΓΙΚΗ ΑΦΗΓΗΣΗ
(...) Μέσα στα πλαίσια αυτής της εκδοτικής δραστηριότητας ο Δήμος Σκοπέλου, με προσωπικό ενδιαφέρον του δημάρχου (...) αποφάσισε για την επανέκδοση του βιβλίου. Στη νέα έκδοση περιλήφθηκαν βέβαια τα στοιχεία που ήρθαν στο φως τα τελευταία χρόνια για την ιστορία και αρχαιολογία του νησιού, καθώς και η πλέον σύγχρονη βιβλιογραφική τεκμηρίωση. Το κείμενο του 1968 ξαναδουλεύτηκε κάτω από το πρίσμα της εμπειρίας που μου έδωσε η πολυετής πλέον υπηρεσία μου ως αρχαιολόγου στο Υπουργείο Πολιτισμού και μάλιστα η ενασχόλησή μου με περιοχές του ευρύτερου χώρου της Σκοπέλου, όπως η Εύβοια και τα ερημόνησα των Β. Σποράδων. Αν και η έλλειψη κάθε συστηματικής επιφανειακής και ανασκαφικής έρευνας στη Σκόπελο εμποδίζει τη σωστή αξιολόγηση των ευρημάτων -λίγες μικρής κλίμακας σωστικές ανασκαφές και καταγραφές έγιναν τα τελευταία χρόνια - , πιστεύω ότι το βιβλίο, συγκεντρώνοντας όλα τα διαθέσιμα στοιχεία μαζί με αναλυτική βιβλιογραφία, δίνει στον αναγνώστη μια ολοκληρωμένη και λεπτομερή εικόνα για την πορεία του νησιού από την αρχαιότητα έως τις μέρες μας. (...)
(ΑΠΟ ΤΟΝ ΠΡΟΛΟΓΟ ΤΗΣ ΕΚΔΟΣΗΣ)
1. Προϊστορική περίοδος και μυκηναϊκοί χρόνοι (ως το 11ο αι. π. Χ.)
2. Ιστορικοί χρόνοι (10ος αι. π. Χ. - 330 μ. Χ.)
3. Μεσαίωνας (330 - 1453)
4. Μεταβυζαντινή περίοδος, τουρκοκρατία και ελληνική επανάσταση
5. Η Σκόπελος μετά τα μέσα του 19ου αι.
Παράρτημα Ι. Λαϊκός πολιτισμός
Παράρτημα ΙΙ. Η ιστορία της Επισκοπής Σκοπέλου
Παράρτημα ΙΙΙ. Η πνευματική προσφορά της Σκοπέλου.
Παράρτημα IV. Χρονολόγιο της ιστορίας της Σκοπέλου.
Κατάλογος αρχαίων συγγραφέων
Scopelos. Histoire et archeologie (sommaire)
Σκόπελος, οδηγός του νησιού, του κ. Βασίλη Τομανά
‘Ένας πραγματικά αξιόλογος οδηγός του νησιού μας, που έχει γραφτεί με μεράκι και αγάπη για το νησί.
Ο χάρτης της πόλης, χάρτης του νησιού, περίπατοι, οι παραλίες, το εσωτερικό του νησιού, λαογραφικά στοιχεία, ιστορικά στοιχεία, χρήσιμες πληροφορίες και άλλα πολλά στοιχεία που παρουσιάζονται με τον καλύτερο δυνατό τρόπο.
Σκόπελος, Εκδόσεις Νησίδες
Διάθεση : Βασίλης Τομανάς, τηλ : 2424023277 ISBN: 960-8480-06-X.
Σκοπέλου Λαϊκός Πολιτισμός
ISBN 960 85614 0 X
Skopelos Folklore pages
Papa Konstantinos. N. Kallianos
"Tarsanades in Skopelos"
SKOPELOS FOLCLORE MUSEUM
Skopelos Island beyond your eyes
After 35 years of practicing photography, the day has come for one of my life-long
dreams to come true: it is the book I published in 2021.
Skopelos was and still is my main source of inspiration. Selecting -out of thousands- the photographs you will find on these pages was no easy
task for me. My goal has always been for each photograph to be unique and masterful –both in terms of technique and aesthetics- and to capture more than what the eye of the onlooker can see.
This place, apart from its breathtaking beauty, possesses, also, a Soul and a Pulse, due to its rich history and the uninterrupted presence of human activity for almost 3,600 years now. Skopelos’ significant uniqueness is that it manages to invoke, in both its inhabitants and visitors, a sense of emotional security, calmness, reflection and
Through my photographs and through my personal outlook and aesthetics, it has always been my number one priority to transmit to the audience at least a fraction of that sense, along with the awe, the magic and charm that this island possesses.
I wish and I hope that this book will become a scrapbook of beautiful memories for every visitor of Skopelos, a piece of this place that he or she will carry with him/her back home, as well as a powerful incentive for all of you still undecided on whether to visit Skopelos, to do so in the near future.
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