Greek Mills, From the Middle Byzantine Period to the 20th Century Vol 1

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Authors & editors

Hackney, Graham
Speis, George

Publisher TIMS
Year of publication 2019

Medium Book
SeriesBibliotheca Molinologica
No. in series23

Wind & watermills > Other Europe (not GB) > Mediterranean countries & Portugal


Scope & contentPublisher's comments:
"Greek Mills, From the Middle Byzantine Period to the 20th Century” is the latest publication in the series "Bibliotheca Molinologica".

It deals with topics on any type of mill that has been recorded in the bibliography or still surviving in Greece the last 700 years but mainly in the last two centuries up to the early industrial period.

It is in two volumes with a total of 700 pages with 92 articles written by 49 authors.

It took 6 years to materialize from the conception of the idea to its final publication involving people from all over Greece even in the remotest places.

There are more than 1200 pictures, plans and maps in colour to support and aid the reader to better understand the topics including a small map at the top of each article pinpointing the area where the subject is located to help the people who are unfamiliar with the geography of Greece.

The book is divided in the following parts:

Volume 1 - The social and cultural aspect of mills, Millstones, Man driven mills, Animal driven mills, Wind driven mills (tower mills), Wind driven mills (other mechanisms), Case studies,

Volume 2 - Water driven mills from medieval times up to the 18th century, Water driven mills from more recent times, Other water driven mechanisms, Early industrial mills.

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Accession no. 230696

  • Shelf location: C113.6-HAC
  • Donor: TIMS
  • Notes: One of 2 volumes

Divisions within this publication

  • 1: The physical geography of Greece
  • 2: Collection of old mill post cards and photographs
  • 3: The Agricultural world and mills (7000 BC-1950 AD)
  • 4: Mills in popular oral tradition
  • 5: The cultural dimension of milling systems in traditional Greek society
  • 6: “Miller sins”
  • 7: The mill and the millstone in magical acts and in folk medicine
  • 8: Byzantine mill law
  • 9: Post-Byzantine customary law for mills
  • 10: Customer relations and mill taxation
  • 11: A compromise between millers in Ikaria
  • 12: Millstones and Millstone Quarries of Greece
  • 13: Millstones of Macedonia and Thrace
  • 14: Human driven mills
  • 15: Handmill for ‘tsikouda’ oil
  • 16: Animal driven mills
  • 17: Animal driven pre-industrial olive oil mills
  • 18: The olive oil mill on the Island of Tilos, Dodecanese
  • 19: Sesame oil mills in Thrace
  • 20: Flax cultivation and linseed oil mills in Velventos (Western Macedonia)
  • 21: Charcoal grinding on the Holy Mountain (Mount Athos)
  • 22: Mills for dyestuffs
  • 23: The lime and marble grinding mill of the Athenian Agora
  • 24: The Persian Wheels (the ‘Mangana’) of Kampos, Chios
  • 25: Windmills (tower mills) in the Cyclades Islands
  • 26: Large windmills groups in the Aegean islands
  • 27: Windmills on the island of Hydra
  • 28: The watermills and windmills of Cephalonia in the 16th-19th centuries
  • 29: Interview of last mill carpenter and miller, John Kouloumparitsis (Matzouranis), Cephalonia
  • 30: A windmill in Kea (based on the oral account of Stavros Korasidis)
  • 31: The Last Windmill of Akronafplia, Nafplio, Peloponnese
  • 32: The tannery (Tampakika) mills of the city of Chios (Chios Island): Planning and architectural overview
  • 33: The windmills of Karpathos
  • 34: Horseshoe-shaped windmills
  • 35: Post mills
  • 36: The horizontal windmill
  • 37: The Horizontal Windmill of Miamou, Crete
  • 38: Notes on a Windmill on the Island of Melos, Greece
  • 39: A pre-industrial wind-driven water pumping mechanism found in Rhodes and Kos
  • 40: The Windmills of Lasithi Plateau – the oldest wind farms
  • 41: The watermills of the Evrytania prefecture
  • 42: Watermills of the Rhodope mountain communities
  • 43: Mills in the Copais Lake area, Boeotia
  • 44: Watermills of Florina
  • 45: Watermills on Kythira and Antikythira Islands (15th-19th centuries)
  • 46: Information and Coordinates of old water driven mechanisms in Thesprotia 309
  • 47: The Old Watermill in Kyparissia, Messenia, Peloponnese
  • 48: Watermills and olive oil mills on the island of Kos, Dodecanese
  • 49: Preindustrial cereal grinding mills on Mount Athos (watermills & windmills); first attempts to locate and record them