This volume is part of the series of “Modern Greek Folklore”. The definition of “modern” does not imply that there is some deep rupture with the folklore of Politis and his scientists followers. He just wants to state that folklore, like all other human sciences, is inevitably evolving, being although a natural continuation of previous folklore. Evolution does not mean rupture. Besides, especially as far as human sciences are concerned, the more conscientious one becomes over the years, the more one gets convinced that renewal and development must be understood with the utmost relevancy. It is often the case that those who, with over-confidence, speak of innovative innovations, a decisive break with the past of a science (the reason is always for human sciences), not simply have the necessary supervision of what has been done in the past. T.S. Eliot, who wrote his evolutionary poetry based on tradition, wrote the verse: “What we call a start, often is an end.” Finally, for a new beginning in this charming – for those who understand it – solidarity of our times.
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