Anglo-Greek Attitudes: Studies in History by Richard Clogg (auth.)

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In February 1912, after climbing to the top of Mount Khlomos, he had encountered some amateur klephts in the form of armed shepherds who had considerately not The British School at Athens 23 deprived him of his father’s gold watch on the perennially valid ground that schoolmasters were not rich, while in July he was briefly arrested for crossing the railway bridge spanning the Asopos gorge on foot. 11 At the time, however, as is clear from a letter which he wrote to his mother, he hoped that ‘these little men at Lamia’ who had had the temerity to arrest him would ‘be dropped on heavily enough to prevent them playing the fool with the next archaeologist who comes along’.

This Greek connection seems to have given Dixon a sympathy with Greek aspirations that was not always shared by his colleagues in the Foreign Office. Compton Mackenzie lived in the hostel and Wace, who was likewise engaged in intelligence work, invited him to join him for lunch everyday in the Director’s house. Mackenzie records that there were ‘few things that I remember with such pleasure as that Mess, which provided every day an opportunity to slip back out of the war into a civilized existence’.

Burrows’s last published venture into political polemic, entitled ‘Misgovernment in Bulgaria and in Turkey’, appeared in The New Europe on 7 August 1919. Burrows was likewise an indefatigable speaker at public meetings organized in support of the Greek cause. A. Douglas,17 a noted high churchman who was to emerge as one of Toynbee’s harshest critics in the Senate of the University of London, he spoke at the inaugural meeting of the Crusade for the Redemption of Saint Sophia. 18 Burrows’s speech was predictably emotional.

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