Butrint before the Butrint Foundation

Butrint before the Butrint Foundation

Richard Hodges The American University of Rome |  r.hodges@aur.edu Keywords 2017, Albania, Butrint, Richard Hodges Aerial view of Butrint and Lake Butrint, 2006 (Alket Islami/Butrint Foundation) Albania was in a long after-shock in 1993. A people overwhelmed by the manifest absurdity of their communist genesis. Only the children, as so often in these countries, were able to approach us, headstrong with the freedom that the new anarchy brought to daily living. Yet behind this netherworld lay medieval landscapes bathed in an autumnal light. Peering out from our hired Mercedes, past the serene driver and our eerily bloodless guide, it was easy to be seduced by the emptiness of the seascapes and mountain-scapes. These brought to mind the unviolated terrains of my youth, but here they had been locked in...
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